Lost & Found: Valentine’s Edition

This is a blog hop to celebrate love: lost, or found, or—both? Whether in short fiction, or a brief essay, or poetry, or even via a song, tell us a love story. Whether it’s of loss or a happily-ever-after is up to you—as is the genre. Sci-fi, thriller, comedy, memoir—it’s all good. “Love” is, after all, so much more than just “romance”. On Monday February 1st, it’s all about love, in all its forms. The only limit is your creativity.

The Lost & Found: Valentine’s Edition blog hop was born as a collaboration between Guilie Castillo-Oriard and Arlee Bird, and these two have enlisted fabulous help from co-hosts Denise Covey, Yolanda Renee, Elizabeth Seckman, and the Ninja Captain himself, Alex Cavanaugh.

Lost & Found: Valentine's Edition

Lost & Found: Valentine’s Edition

For this challenge, I’ve decided to go with a poem. This is a repost of a poem that I contributed to a blog hop a few years ago. Hope you enjoy it!


His mother said, NEVER! The girl was not right…
Her father put up one heck of a fight!
His brother so eager to burst that love bubble
Her sister so willing to add to the trouble
That was the beginning – how it all started
A decade ago, when the teen couple parted.

But over the years they could never forget
The strength of their feelings when they had first met
She decided to give it a fair second chance.
He planned it complete with song, wine and dance.
The families discovered the secret location
Converged on the love tryst in all their frustration.

Colorful decorations adorned the whole space
Of the smart “star-cross’d lovers” there wasn’t a trace
The message left everyone shocked and aghast:
“Eat, drink and be merry – have a real blast!
By the time you read this we will be long gone-
The battle is over, we have finally won!

Our chance for love a second time round
Is such a rare gift – true love we have found!
We’ve put an end to this decade of madness
And this time YOU get to feel the deep sadness…
Too many years of non-stop intervention
Lies and deceit – such a bone of contention!

We’ve made a decision, we’re cutting all ties
So sick and so fed-up of meddling and lies

Just leave us alone to start a new life,
To be happy at last – as husband and wife!”

Now I’m off to check out a few other blogs!

Happy Monday!


  1. Denise Covey on February 1, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Hey Michelle, I love this poem! So strong with its love message! It suits the bloghop so well! ‘…true love we have found!’ A happily ever after!

    Denise 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      I love my rhymes. 🙂 Wish I had more time to write poetry.

  2. tammy theriault on February 1, 2016 at 9:01 am

    family butting into marriages?? SO unheard of! (said no one ever) what a very very clever poem, Michelle!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

  3. Crystal Collier on February 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    LOL. We had that. My in laws were not ready for their son to get married and didn’t give me a chance, but they’ve since learned. Guess that’s the story of the first child to get married, eh?

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Sounds like a wobbly start…but soon smoothed out…and as you say, they’ve since learned. First child? Okay, so it makes a little sense. 🙂

  4. Yolanda Renee on February 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    It’s why we eloped. 🙂
    Family only seemed interested if they could throw a monkey wrench into the happiness.
    Well done!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      You are smart. I think eloping is an option more couples should explore. It saves a lot of family ‘drama’. 🙂

  5. Susan Gourley on February 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    A very cute and clever twist. You are so talented.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Very funny and they sure got the best of their families!

  7. C. Lee McKenzie on February 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Determination and love pay off! Lovely, Michelle.

  8. Michael Di Gesu on February 2, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Hi, Michelle,

    Clever poem. SO TRUE…. Why aren’t families happy when their kids fall in love? Age has nothing to do with true feelings.

    I think MOST OF US can relate to this at some point in their lives…

  9. Michele Truhlik on February 2, 2016 at 5:34 am

    I Love this poem!!! It’s brilliant! I love the message. Butt out of love! Leave it alone and let it grow. Loved the strength and resolve of the young couple. It’s a fabulous story!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      young couples often face unnecessary pressure. They are trying to make the relationship work AND please the families at the same time. Thanks Michele.

  10. Nilanjana Bose on February 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Well you got me at the ‘poem’ 🙂 such a super cute one too. Well done.

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Ah, a lovely comment from the Queen Of Poetry! 🙂

  11. Mary Aalgaard on February 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Very lyrical. Great rhythm to this poem, and the voice. I hope they live happily ever after.

  12. Christine Rains on February 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Awesome poem! As Mary said, wonderful rhythm. 🙂

  13. Arlee Bird on February 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    A very appropriate entry to the blog hop and a fitting outcome for a love that could not be quelled. Good for that couple and what a great parting shot to the families.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  14. Cherie Reich on February 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    What a great poem! I’m glad the couple got their second chance and a rather big “screw you” to their family for trying to mess things up.

  15. Southpaw HR Sinclair on February 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hooray, a happy ending!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      HEA. (I only found out recently what it means) 🙂

  16. Elizabeth Seckman on February 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    A love story in verse. How awesome!!

  17. Susan Swiderski on February 2, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    What a super poem! It’s always good when love wins out in the end.

  18. Patricia Lynne on February 3, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I like how that poem ended. =D

  19. dolorah on February 3, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Revenge is the best reward, lol. Very nice Michelle 🙂

  20. LX Cain on February 3, 2016 at 5:07 am

    OMG! I LOVE your poem! Rhyming poems just plain make me smile – I think it’s a throwback to my childhood and Dr. Seuss. You did a great job with the meter and rhythm and that’s so hard to do. And the theme of meddling families and love winning at the end is wonderful. You’re AWESOME! 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dr. Seuss!! 🙂
      Aww, thank you, Lexa! 🙂

  21. Sara C. Snider on February 3, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Love this! It’s like Romeo and Juliet but, you know, happy. 🙂 Well done!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 3, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      When I was busy with the poem, Romeo and Juliet crossed my mind at some stage… 🙂

  22. Misha on February 3, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Hehehe I like this poem. Family can be such a pain in the butt sometimes.

  23. Mina B on February 4, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Yes! Now that’s what two people do when they’re in love! Well done!

    • Michelle Wallace on February 7, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Mina. Good to see you here at my place. 🙂

  24. Guilie Castillo on February 5, 2016 at 3:07 am

    This is so, so good! Love the happy ending—love the twist and the “ha-ha-got-you-now” feel to the eloping. Good for them!

    Thank you so much, Michelle, for being a part of the Lost & Found—and writing such a lovely, quirky, fun piece for it!

  25. Hilary on February 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Michelle – that was very clever .. and oh thankgoodness they went off and did their own thing – bet they’ll be really happy – … so good to read .. cheers Hilary

    • Michelle Wallace on February 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you, Hilary! 🙂
      I need to swing by your place one of these days…

  26. Lori Carlson on February 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Great rhymes! Love the twist for the family… served them right!

  27. Medeia Sharif on February 9, 2016 at 3:17 am

    I like the idea of second chances. Great poem.

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