Looking for love quotes? Valentine poems? Just the right Valentine’s Day message to ensure that your pregnant loved one feels loved? Or at least lusted after. This holiday may be about love, but it’s also about romance. Or, to be blunt, sex. While teddy bears with heart collars are cute, there’s no need to go totally G just because you’re knocked up.
Along those lines, Flavorwire has published “30 Literary Quotes That Might Just Get You Laid.” Here are my favorites:
1. “What holds the world together, as I have learned from bitter experience, is sexual intercourse. – Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (Listen to this guy, he bagged Anais Nin.)
2. “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”- Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda (This could backfire in a bar, but maybe to your pregnant wife it’ll have just the right amount of fertility-based sleaze?)
3. “Pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon in death.”
-“Bright Star” by John Keats (Wow, what a romantic way to reframe the notions of “swell” and “unrest” for your pregnant insomniac lover.)
4. “You know how it is when two souls meet in a burst of ecstatic volubility, with hearts tickling to hear and to tell, to know everything, to reveal everything, the shared reverence for the other’s otherness, a feeling of solitude radiantly snapped by full contact — all that?” – London Fields by Martin Amis
(You could use this– or use it as inspiration– for a Valentine’s Day card message describing how this whole pregnancy business started.)
5. “Stuff me in a tutu and let’s screen experimental videos all day.” – The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
(Full disclosure: this is my husband! And I’m not going to tell you whethe A) this worked B) this happened.)
Happy love day.