Edgar Allan Poe. A Valentine

Valentine's Eve. 1846

For her these lines are penned, whose luminous eyes,
Bright and expressive as the stars of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name that, nestling, lies
Upon this page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly these words, which hold a treasure
Divine - a talisman, an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure -
The words - the letters themselves. Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor.
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre
If one could merely understand the plot.
Enwritten upon the page on which are peering
Such eager eyes, there lies, I say, perdu,
A well-known name oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets - as the name is a poet's too.
Its letters, although naturally lying -
Like the knight Pinto (Mendez Ferdinando) -
Still form a synonym for truth. Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle though you do the best you do.

                                                                                E.A.P.