These past few days, I started and discarded so many drafts for Thursday through Saturday posts. Finally, I decided I will work on more next week and work on my Sunday scribblings instead! And I noticed another of those quirky holidays for the week – Love Note Day on the 26th of September. I looked to see the why and how of this holiday but could not find anything. However, it sure is something that can brighten anyone’s day, whoever you write a love note for! So this week’s poetic ramblings look at the power of a simple love note and my tips to write one poetically….
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Poetic Sundays: Here is the Love Note-let™!
The poetic form this week is my own version of a poetic love note, which is not really my own as such, for I am sure there are many short forms with such elements as I have used. But the name is something I chose for this one. And of course, while the inspiration for this was the quirky little holiday called Love Note Day (don’t ask me more about it for I am not sure myself!), don’t restrict yourself to this holiday to write love notes to loved ones.
After all, everyday is great to let your dear ones know you love them.. Leave little love note-lets for them (handwritten is better) if they are someplace you can do so, or mail one to them and make their day!
The Power of a Love Note-let
Love notes often come as pleasant surprises, bringing unexpected moments of joy and excitement. The receiver is sure to feel that they are cherished, valued, and never alone in their emotions. These little bytes of words on scraps of paper can become treasured keepsakes, and provide joy, hope, comfort, and reassurance, serving as a source of strength when needed. And they are a timeless testament to that most wonderful of human emotions – love!
So What is the Love Note-let?
The Love Note-let is a name I gave to this little poetic love note for you to write. For the sake of simplicity, this made-up form is a single four-line stanza his concise structure encourages poets to convey their feelings succinctly and directly. I is a traditional Spanish poetic form that consists of short stanzas with a specific rhyme and syllable pattern. It is known for its lively and rhythmic quality.
The Love Note-let’s Characteristics
So the love note-let’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:
- stanzaic: is composed of a single couplet. However, should you so choose, you could write a series of couplets making it a little booklet of love note-lets!
- syllabic: short and succinct syllabic count of 5 to 8 syllables per line. You can pick any number of syllables between 5 and 8 to keep it concise but ensure that both lines contain the same number. So 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, or 8/8.
- rhymed: The lines rhyme.
- themed with a focus on love, affection, or admiration. It can be a declaration of love, a compliment, or a heartfelt message. Personalize it for the recipient
- untitled (unless you are making it a series, in which case you could title the booklet)
- best handwritten on a note!!
Tips and More
- Write these down on a regular notecard, or maybe pick one of these sets of cute cards especially made for writing little love notes (love note-lets, I mean!)
- Use digital art or cute emojis or memojis if you plan to text a heartfelt note-let to someone.
My Love Note-let Attempt
To my sunray, to my starlight,
Sweetheart, you make my world so bright.
~Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites
I have woken up my kids since they were little with specific terms for each of them for good morning and good night.. and this one is for my daughter, given the 25th of September observes National Daughter’s Day! And I will handwrite it soon…
On My Blog and the Homefront
Looks like I outdid myself this last week – not (that first part about outdoing myself was last year same week!)..
- 10 Great Books for Fantastic Fall Festivals from India
- Sunday Scribblings #161: From the Heart: Seven Lines, Seven Seas
On My Blog and On the Homefront
Have a few wonderful books I would love to share with you this week! And of course, getting ready for the next set of celebrations too..
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week include: William Faulkner, Luanne Rice, Shel Silverstein, Kristin Hannah, Carlos Ruiz Zafón on the 25th; T.S. Eliot, Mark Haddon, and on the 26th; Elizabeth Gaskell, Miguel de Cervantes, and Colin Dexter on Sept 29th; Elie Wiesel, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Rumi, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Jay Asher, and Truman Capote on the 30th; Austin O’Malley, Brian P. Cleary, Tim O’Brien, Julie Andrews, and Nicola Yoon on Oct 1st
- The 25th is Math Storytelling Day as well as National Comic Book Day
- It apparently is Love Note Day on September 26th
- International Day for Universal Access to Information is on the 28th of September
- September 30th observes International Translation Day and Rumi Day
- October happens to be Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month and National Book Month
- It is National Cooking Day on the 25th! And also National Quesadilla Day! so maybe time to cook up some quesadillas!
- The 26th of Sept is National Dumpling Day and National Pancake Day as well as National Key Lime Pie Day (I love this!)
- While September 27th is National Chocolate Milk Day
- National Strawberry Cream Pie Day is on the 28th of Sept
- followed by National Coffee Day and National Biscotti Day on the 29th
- And the month ends with National Chewing Gum Day and National Hot Mulled Cider Day
- October 1st is National Homemade Cookies Day and National Pumpkin Spice Day (well, of course!) as well as International Coffee Day and World Vegetarian Day
Other Celebrations and Observations
- Celebrating daughters everywhere with National Daughters Day on the 25th of Sept. It is also World Dream Day
- The 26th of September is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
- While World Tourism Day and National Day of Forgiveness are observed on the 27th of September along with National No Excuses Day. So you have no excuses to go book a trip for yourself, or go on one; and to seek forgiveness and forgive mistakes others do (have done). No reason to hold on to any grudges…
- The 28th is Ask a Stupid Question Day.. so go ahead and ask any question you have in mind, no matter how inane (you think) it is..
- World Heart Day on the 29th means we need to celebrate the heart and find out how we can take better care of our heart..
- Spread some heart around on Sept 30th as it is National Love People Day. And find a silent movie to watch with loved ones for it is National Silent Movie Day
- With fall foliage around us (if we are in the northern hemisphere), it is Orange Shirt Day on the 30th to help us be one with nature :)?
- This last week of September is National Keep Kids Creative Week.
- October 1st is International Music Day
- Poetic Sundays: Epistolary Poem (or A Letter to My Daughter)
- Check out this book: Dear Dana: That time I went crazy and wrote all 580 of my Facebook friends a handwritten letter
Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. I am guessing you will write a few love note-lets this week and then some! And, of course, do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?