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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not Daisy Poem and Game with Daisies

Victoria Lynn has loved writing poems since she was a little girl observing her friends around her. This has continued into her adulthood.

April is National Poetry Month!

With spring upon us, I thought I'd share this poem about the simplicity of daisies and their involvement in an innocent, childhood game. Read and write poetry in April! #27.

He loves me; he loves me not--the familiar, often childhood, chant, as we pluck off each petal of the white daisies that tell us is our object of affection has the same requited love for us.

I hope you enjoy this simple poem that reflects these often innocent feelings of affection reflected in my favorite flower, the daisy.

He loves me; he loves me not . . . .

Wasn’t love easier when we could look to a simple, white daisy to answer our questions about love and who loved us? We didn't care if the daisy were a Shasta or a Gerber or any other daisy, as long as it answered our questions about love. And this wasn't about love in general, but we had the specific name in mind who would love us or love us not. I don't know about you, but I often did go to a daisy, particularly when I was in elementary or junior high school, to pick off the petals one by one, citing "he loves me, he loves me not" over and over, often until I had the answer I wanted.

Does the boy sitting in the back of the room like me? Does the girl on the bus feel the same? Many a young lad or lass would ask this question. Do they feel about me that I do about them? Hmmmm. That’s easy to find out. I’ll just pick a daisy and get my answer.

Whether looking for a first love or waiting for a true love, I could always pick a daisy and know what I needed to know. My daisy could always make me feel better about the fact that I was loved or would be loved. Aw . . . if only life and love were that easy once we grew up. If only our adult relationships could be decided at the hands of a daisy.

There’s something special to be said for simplicity. If only we could hold onto it.

Field of Daisies

I love daisies! When I was a young girl, there was a field behind our house that was full of daisies. I loved going back there and drowning myself in them.

I love daisies! When I was a young girl, there was a field behind our house that was full of daisies. I loved going back there and drowning myself in them.

Daisy's Secret

He loves me,

He loves me not—

The only answer

That I’ve got.

Who he is

I do not know,

But his true love

Is sure to grow.

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I’ll wait on

(as time just creeps)

The secret that

My daisy keeps.

He loves me,

He loves me not,

My daisy gives

The one I want.


Yes, I know that this little daisy poem is really simple, but I think that sometimes "simple" is good. Simple doesn't ask too much, nor does it expect too much. Simple certainly does not require a lot of brain power for to interpret the answer. To go along with this, the poem reflects simple thoughts, poetry that reflects the true blue simpleness, the words and pure feelings well-known to many of us.

Feelings such as these take me back to an afternoon in a daisy-covered field in the back of the house I grew up in. After pulling off several petals off a daisy, I would have the answer, and, if I tried several to get the best of three, or the best of five, I could usually (okay, always!) get the answer I wanted. It was okay to try several times. I just kept pulling off those petals off that fresh, white daisy. The video below does an excellent job of showing that kind of hope that realized its fondest wish.

Daisy's "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" game may be childish and simplistic. Yes, I won't disagree with that. But after reading the poem and watching the video, I find the sentiment refreshing. I hope you'll agree.

After the video, enjoy taking the poll below it.

Video of Daisy: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Poll: Did you play the game?

And does the tradition live on?

© 2011 Victoria Lynn


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2013:

Oh, thanks, xstatic! and I'm not sure I'm familiar with the name game, but it sounds interesting! Thanks for the comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2013:

Thanks, CC! Glad you like it!

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on February 13, 2013:

Simple yes, romantic, definitely! This is a great reminder of the wonder of those daisy riddles, the old number things too, where the number of letters in a "liked-ones" name was supposed to mean something, as I recall anyway.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 13, 2013:

Love this! Beautiful poem! And it's perfect for this time of year!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 27, 2012:

So true, Vellur. Great comments, once again. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 27, 2012:

moonlake--I love daisies, too! I wish I could make them grow in my yard, but they won't cooperate. Thanks for the read and the vote!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 27, 2012:

Sunnie--Determination or in dream land, who knows? But it works! Just keep on trying! Thanks!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 27, 2012:

Lovely and beautiful. Many answers in daisies petals. Pull as many as you want, will give you answers whatever you want!!!

moonlake from America on April 27, 2012:

I love daisys. They grow all around us here. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up.

Sunnie Day on April 27, 2012:

Simply perfect! I believed in the Daisy theory when I was younger and if it did not give me the answer I wanted I simply picked another and started over..Determination or in dream land..who knows..haha but it made my heart feel better..Loved this hub Victoria. Thank you.


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 20, 2011:

AND, it went up a point during the revision process...haha. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 20, 2011:

I'm kind of excited about re-releasing this poem about daisies. I've revised it to add the recommended minimum number of words, changed some wording, changed the picture to make sure it's properly attributed, and added a poll. Hey, it was fun to revise it!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 03, 2011:

sweethearts and epi--I love your sweet and simple comments about a sweet and simple poem. Thanks for saying I have a gift, epi. I'm working on it and hope to live up to that statement!

epigramman on October 03, 2011:

...quite simply you have a writer's gift.

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sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on October 02, 2011:

Simply beautiful. Love the memories of the secrets daisy's don't tell. A flower and dreams how sweet and simple life can be.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 01, 2011:

femmeflashpoint--You're funny. Your comments made me smile. I'm sure you have your own complex side, too, though!

fpherj48--You are so right! Sometimes wordy and complex doesn't say as much as simplicity does. Excellent point!

LuckyCats--great to see you again! Can't see the forest for the trees....Perfect. So true....

Hear Me--glad it brought back memories. It did for me!

Movie Master--I like your nice, simple comment. Much appreciated. :-)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 01, 2011:

I like simple..very nice thank you.

Hear Me from Somewhere in Florida on September 30, 2011:

I like the simplicity of the poem. It reminds me of a being a small girl and playing the same game. Well done.

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on September 30, 2011:

Hi Victoria...yes, the poem and philosophy is simple...simple and sweet and wholly applicable. Sometimes, we complicate things to such a degree that we can't see the forest for the trees...and we miss the subtlety of life...which is, often, the most beautiful aspect. Lovely, Victoria. UP Awesome Useful and Beautiful

Suzie from Carson City on September 30, 2011:

"Simplicity." Highly under-rated! Why is it we sometimes believe if it's not complex, it's not enough?

More often, ONE word can replace a hundred. Thank you

femmeflashpoint on September 29, 2011:

Victoria Lynn - I like simple. I remember sitting in the grass doing this with my girlfriends when we were kids. :)

They say simple things to please simple minds, and seems mine is simple, because simple still pleases me.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 29, 2011:

makusr--Your comments actually brought tears to my eyes. Simple IS Beautiful! Thanks for the reminder. Then you mentioned the Bible, then what really got me was "You took a leaf from the lives of all of us." That was poetic in itself. Thanks for touching me with your comments.

Manoj Kumar Srivastava from India on September 29, 2011:

Victoria Lynn,

Greetings from MAKUSR. Who said that Simple is not Beautiful. 'BIBLE' is the simplest book ever written in a layman's language. See its popularity. The content, feelings and intention is what matters. You took a leaf from the lives of all of us. Thanks for sharing.

Lots of Love,


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 29, 2011:

ktrapp--thanks for the beautiful vote. Brings back memories for me, too.

Cutters--I thought the video was cool, too. I had to use it!

Great to see both of you!

Cutters from South Carolina on September 29, 2011:

What a neat video! It works perfectly for your poem which is very nice. Nice job Voted up up up!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on September 29, 2011:

Simple is great and I had completely forgotten about, "he loves me, he loves me not." Thanks for bringing back innocent memories of childhood. Voted beautiful.

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