Love the Words: Contribute to what will hopefully be the world’s longest love poem

Following on from Dylan’s Great Poem, ‘Love the Words’ is an annual celebration of the power and magic of words, and is part of International Dylan Thomas Day, which takes place on May 14 each year.

This time around, Love the Words encourages people of any age, anywhere in the world, to contribute to what will hopefully be the world’s longest love poem.

Simply write a line of poetry on the theme of ‘love’ in order to contribute to the epic verse, which will be collated by Dylan Day coordinators, Hannah Ellis, who is Dylan’s grand-daughter, and poet and writer Mab Jones.

As a suggestion, you might want to use one of these prompts to complete your piece of writing:

Love is…

Love isn’t…

Love is like…

Love is as ________ as….

Love can….

Love makes me…

But you are free to write anything you like, of course! Think about how love makes you feel, why it is important; think about the images that spring to mind when you contemplate it; and, play with words and language, have fun with writing! You can write as many lines as you like and enter as many times as you like, too.

Remember to have fun with similes and metaphors, alliteration, and any other techniques, as these are enjoyable to do and enjoyable to read, as well. A further blog post from Mab will help you look at these, and learn about them, shortly.

You can join with this activity any time from Thursday March 1, on Facebook and on Twitter. Simply use the hashtags #LovetheWords AND #DylanDay, along with your line of poetry, in order to take part.

The competition closes on Friday May 4 at midnight.

The completed poem will be shared online on the Discover Dylan Thomas website on Dylan Day, May 14.

Let’s #LovetheWords together and see if we can break the world record for the world’s longest love poem!

Please contact  or if you have any further queries.


Featured image designed by Lee Jones.

By | 2018-03-04T17:44:24+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|30 Comments


  1. Helen Finney March 1, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Love makes me feel alive
    It gives me wings to fly
    And be myself

  2. admin March 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you Helen for your contribution.

  3. Sally Evans March 8, 2018 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Oh it’s you is enough you are there and here

  4. ford dagenham March 8, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    love changes
    MOR FM radio sop
    into an everyman gospel
    stops me falling off the world

  5. Kerry Frater March 15, 2018 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I look at your logo and think….

    l is like the wand that brings magic in all that we share
    o is the everlasting ring that celebrates our pure bright golden love
    v are the wings that will allow us both to fly into the heavens when our mortal vessels are needed no more
    e is the rocking chair that we both share, shading us from the harshness of those who ever wish that love fails.

    Yes it is a word, but it is so much more.

  6. Lidia Chiarelli March 18, 2018 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Teach us, Dylan, to love as you did, “being dizzy” and with “falling dreams”
    Teach us to walk “down an ecstatic line of light”
    when Love comes


    – like you –
    to “taste upon our lips”
    “the breath of indigo” and “the emerald kiss”

    Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

    for #LovetheWords

  7. Kerry Frater March 21, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Love is giving her the language so words may blossom into understanding how you feel

  8. Lidia Chiarelli March 22, 2018 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Love is … walking through parabolas of light

    #LovetheWords #DylanDay

  9. Pushmaotee Subrun March 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Love, irrespective of caste, colour or creed, is what is needed to save humanity,
    From the incessant calamity.
    Show love, show care,show your concern,take action
    Stop all discrimination.

  10. Huguette Bertrand March 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Loving words are wishes for good nights before the moon burning light.

  11. Trevor Hutchinson March 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Your love envelops and caresses, as the light summer breeze to the trembling aspen

    #lovethewords #dylanthomasday

  12. Rachael Clyne March 28, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Love is a trickster, selling quack remedies; they taste good at the time, but rarely cure your ills.

  13. Karen Ankers April 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Love is the missing piece of a lifetorn puzzle

  14. Heather Trickey April 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I cupped your hand, a clenched fist,
    in my hand and you opened
    a tentative quarter inch.

  15. Pierangela Lunghi April 9, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Love is caused by oxytocin
    And exists solely inside my head
    But your strange alchemic kisses
    Made me drag you to my bed.

  16. Rachel April 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    My beloved, you run through me like words through a stick of rock.

  17. Steve Garrett April 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Love is often having to say you’re sorry!

    Love is not a drug, it is a wake-up call

    Love is not all you need, but without it we cannot live, only survive.

    In the end, the love you make is much more important than the love you fake

  18. Emily Y April 10, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Love isn’t expectation,
    Wanting more and more of me each time,
    Never giving.
    Love is not accepting any old words from you,
    Calling me a loser,
    “But it’s okay, because I still like you.”
    I don’t have to listen to any sugar-coated drivel
    Or thinly-veiled manipulations.
    No, thank you.
    I don’t love you enough for that,
    Or maybe at all.

  19. Polly Oliver April 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    You love full as a Universe, and I a thimble,
    Though that thimble is an ocean more than I could ever love before… #LovrtheWords #DylanDay

  20. Dominic April 12, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Between his first and last breath
    a man has to decide
    to spend his time dying
    or loving:
    Love, giving is living.

  21. Sarah April 12, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Love is sadness at not being able to do that one little thing

  22. David Galloway April 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Love can fill your life full of colour and the noise of life
    But when torn they can pour out into the void leaving only the blackness that is empty of sound

  23. elly April 20, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    The last word I heard …

  24. Bex Tate April 21, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    To blue vastness
    Of days
    Halcyon dusted
    With sparkly bits and bobs afloat
    In champagne bubbling brooks
    And streams
    Soft, serpentine contours
    Of rivers
    Waterfalls, splish splashing
    Tears of joy
    Cascading confetti
    And fine red wine
    Mama Mia
    Here I go again
    Cupids bow
    Pings arrows
    High arching
    To bluebird fly
    Over the rainbow
    Wrapped in the arms
    Of a stratocumulus
    Love will catch you
    If you fall❤💗💕💛💜

  25. Juri Aidas April 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    True love is true desire; turns heat into fire.
    True love I got a glimpse of you; turn the wheel, take me higher.

  26. Jill Berrett May 1, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Love is a reach across the ocean,
    daring to hope after decades of
    sitting quietly below craggy cliffs.
    Now she dreams of the land with
    bullrushes where he is hidden,
    camouflaged, but like her,
    in search of the bedrock,
    a place of re-birth.

  27. Jennifer lewis May 3, 2018 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Love – strong or weak, big or small, lost or found – you choose!

  28. Chris Ball May 3, 2018 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Love is your velvet murmur
    poured like kindness across the driest day

  29. Love is a gift from above. August 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Love is a gift from above.

  30. Love is for two or more but definitely for you and me. August 20, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Love is a gift from above.

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