A sailor's valentine.
Surely this deserves the blue ribbon.
"Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm,
nor so vague as not to be understood."
From Laurence Sterne's great comic novel, Tristam Shandy,
This Paper Boat
Carefully placed upon the future,
it tips from the breeze and skims away,
frail thing of words, this valentine,
so far to sail. And if you find it
caught in the reeds, its message blurred,
the thought that you are holding it
a moment is enough for me.