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Sweet (& Sour) Revenge February 10, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Poetry.

Aah . . . Valentine’s Day.

A time when courting couples celebrate the depth of their love with flowers, chocolate, and eloquent praises sung on high:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you!

At the turn of the 20th century, disgruntled Victorians not in committed relationships needed something to counterbalance the saccharin sweetness of a day designed for lovers to drown in the depth of each other’s limpid eyes while reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnets . . . or love poems of a lesser quality.

Vinegar Valentines to the rescue!  Sent anonymously, these inexpensive and insulting postcards, decorated with unflattering caricatures of floozies, spinsters, and sleazy dudes, not only counterbalanced the saccharin sweetness of the day, they gave spurned lovers a chance to exact sweet (& sour) revenge on the now displaced object of affection:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
You’re a jerk
Through and through

Wikipedia ~ Vinegar Valentine (in Public Domain)

Didn’t get that badly needed and deserved promotion at work?

Roses are red
Violets are blue
You may be da boss now
But I’m gunning for you!

Tired of an annoying co-worker?

Roses are red
Violets are yellow
I’ve never met
A more annoying fellow

What about the neighbor with a crowing Rooster:

Roses are red
Violets are a winner
Shut that cock up
Or we’ll cook him for dinner!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts: Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Revenge * A Unique Way to Leave Your Valentine (Sandra Bell Kirchman) * Valentine Inspiration (NOLA Girl) * Valentine’s Day Contest (Positive Parenting) * A Valentine for Someone I Hate (Life in the Boomer Lane) * Happy Endings (NOLA Girl) * Valentine’s Challenge (Sidey)