February 14th, 2008

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.
~ Captain Corelli's Mandolin

This special is dedicated to the one I have been in love with for 22 years. The one I still love. And the one I will always love. Thank you for our life together. ~ steph

I think you guys will be pretty happy with the offerings today. Some of these writers haven't sent anything in years! You guys really need to send them feedback. If I have forgotten to put email links on their pages, send a message to steph@academyofbards.org and I'll forward to them. They worked really hard on this stuff and truly, they are some of the best around. Please let them know their writing isn't for naught. Let them know you are reading!

Without further ado, here's the Academy of Bards Valentine Invitational--

Love Bots by Jules Mills

Opportunity Costs by Sassette

Leica by Vivian Darkbloom

Amazon Queens Don't Fall in Love by Del Robertson

Come Here My Lover by Anne Azel

Spider Lines by Lois C. Hart

A Little Something by KG MacGregor

Red Tide by AK Naten

Fifteen Over by Roselle Graskey

Jump by Robin Alexander

See Right Through Me by Fingersmith

Fidelity's Poem by Mayt

Is Romance by Kate Sweeney

Dangerous Liaison by Aurelia

Eye of the Beholder by Kim Pritekel

After All My Goodbyes by Texbard

A Whole New Meaning by Carrie Carr

Field of Mars, Field of Venus by Nene Adams

Frost Heaves by Lois Kay

Opposites Attract by SX Meagher

Valentine by Mickey Minner

Floridian Valentine by Lara Zielinsky

Remember When by D

Valentine Surprise by Ernie Whiting

Ferry Tale by Geonn Cannon

To Catch a Thief by Insane Englishwoman (unfinished)

Breaking Free by Ladyhawke

A Valentine for the Family by Kamouraskan


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