Sorry honey, no roses, chocolate or diamonds

It’s Valentine’s Day and feeling more lazy than romantic, I haven’t yet got my wife anything. There’s stillValentine
time to think of something, either a great gift I can buy or a great excuse she’ll buy.

"Most roses in the U.S. are grown in Latin America. And they are grown
in a way that uses a lot of chemicals," said Rene Ebersole at the
environmental Audubon Magazine. [Link]

"I thought of buying you roses, honey, but then I heard about the pesticides. I wouldn’t want anything to hurt you. That’s how much I love you."

Ivory Coast, which grows 40 percent of the world’s cocoa, has a
persistent child labour problem, a U.S. State Department human rights
report said. [Link]

"I thought of buying you chocolate, honey, but then I heard about all those poor children, slaving away in Ivory Coast. It just isn’t right. I wouldn’t want to do anything that might tarnish my feelings for you."

Then what about blood diamonds — the term referring to gems mined under brutal conditions and sold to support a war effort? [Link]

"I thought of buying you diamonds, honey, but then I heard about all the suffering they had wrought. I just couldn’t get myself to do it. My heart would have been filled with guilt, instead of love."

"So what did you get me, Melvin?"

"Well … uh … I got you a poem."

"You wrote a poem for me? That’s so romantic! Can I hear it?"

"Roses are red
Violets are blue
I thought of buying you something
but this will have to do."

Photo by gutter

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through and You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.


  1. Very matter-of-facts-and-stats reason! I wonder what the response was, in this case, because obviously there is no effect of plagiarizing an age old rhyme. But that’s just me!
    Nice work.

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