10 Heart-Wrenching Love Poems To Make Your Valentine’s Day More Inspired


When HBO released Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam in 2002 for the first time folks were able to swoon over the art of spoken word in their very own living rooms. The series was composed of seven seasons of well known and under the radar artists belting their voices through memorable spoken word performances and the occasional song.

If you’re like me, you’ve spent countless nights pouring over these poems, offering us words for the countless, seemingly indescribable human experiences we all encounter – most notedly the ones centered in love. Regardless of where you are at this Valentine’s Day, these ten short poems will teach you that you’re far from alone, no matter where you fall on the spectrum of love.

Mayda Del Valle – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

“I will remove the scarlet letter from my chest and take the hand of the little girl I used to be and say I’m sorry to her, I’m sorry for cheating you out of the joy you have always deserved”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whl7ttqbrKQ]

M’Reld – Ready for Love

“Cause like Lazareth, he brought me back from the dead”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjKAY64Nijc]

Daniel Beaty – Knock Knock

“Dear son, I’m sorry I never came home”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eYH0AFx6yI]

Shihan – This Type Love

“And I wanna deal with my friends making fun of me when I made fun of them when they went through the same kind of love type love”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8a7kSInX2I]

Rafael Casal – First Week Of A Break-up

“It’s awkward, boring, and we keep telling each other we’re doing it right and it’s a lie”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fLXBwLZkio]

Kim Fields – How Come

“How come we can’t meet each other in the middle with our fears and our hang ups and our issues? How come we can’t meet each other in the middle and love and live and live and love”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOV_Bnw9OxM]

Wife, Woman, Friend Part 1

“He hit me with the forehead kiss, told me life was a journey and told me he was ready to explore this shit”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyoAZFUnmVo]

Poetri – Dating Myself

“From now on, I’m only dating myself”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFhFaRKVpTY]

Lemon – Love Poem

“I’d rather catch an ass whopping than get heart broken”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCWoHQQN72M]

Consequence – Friend Zone

“You know she had the nerve to keep her jacket on when she slept in my bed?”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN0QIBaW-6A]