Like many holidays, Valentine's Day holds a secret.
In earlier times, this day was a celebration of women's pro-creative power — our body-centered power to renew life, and the pleasure of doing so!
This poem, unearthing Celtic, Roman, and heretical Christian strands weaving through Valentine's Day, begins...
This Valentine came in the mail today —
the fe-male, that is:
Greetings from history in women's terms.
Valentine Day's is a fraud, of course, you know that,
Hall-marked and carded as it is for commerce.
But more than that:
The boy himself's a fraud.
St. Valentine's a fiction, the convenient invention
of some grim Christian churchmen.
...and comes to you complete with historical notes, such as
and where the fever starts:
Words such as fever, febrile, and February have their origin in Februata as an epithet of the Great Goddess.