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Feb 14, 2002

Belizean teacher publishes book of poems

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Valentine’s Day might almost be over, and well if your bouquet of roses or box of chocolates got lost in the rush, don’t worry, your significant other still has time to make it up to you. One local high school teacher has published a book of love poems, and even though it’s called “Broken Hearts”, it’s supposed to do the trick.

Ann-Marie Williams

“Norman, you’ve completed a compilation poems, love poems entitled “Broken Hearts.” Why such a title?”

Norman Rodriguez, Poet

“The question I would like to ask is, who hasn’t experienced a broken heart. We all love and we all tend to feel like we know what love is. But I feel that unless we find out what true love is, which means that we allow the tree of love–which is exactly what you’ll see right here on the cover–to grow deep in our hearts, we will always be searching and searching.”

Ann-Marie Williams

“Why is this book important for somebody to buy for this special time?”

Norman Rodriguez, Poet

“That one should be very easy. It is the season of love, and truthfully, this book will always be special for anybody to buy because love is a season that never runs out. But it’s Valentine and this is something different, it is something new. People are used to buying flowers and chocolates and so on, I don’t think that they’ve ever had a complete compilation of love poems, and this is something new. I think it could be something very special. And it caters to everybody who is in love.”

(Norman reciting poem)

The day of roses, the days of hearts

Upon us draws so near

I ask you to be my Valentine

As this day draws new and clear

This love I nurture deep within

Saved specially for a day

When two hearts join together as one

And all fears are put away

Deep in my heart pumps a strong love

As red as the blood in your veins

My mind sings out a tune of true love song

And my voice calls out your name

And when I see your loving face

Which sends me to cloud nine

My love, one I wish I ask of you

Please, today, Be my Valentine.

If you would like to purchase “Broken Hearts”, copies are available at twenty-seven South Street. The book was published by Belizean Heritage Publishers of Belize City.

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