The following is a set of two poems. The first poem contains a covert message, and the following poem, which was sent in reply, is encoded in the same way. If you search and study and cannot find the hidden messages, then you can select the area under the poems where I will have written the key to deciphering them.
Ice caps melt slowly, as time still ticks on
Long moments glide by, like a beautiful swan
Of all the things I could possibly do
Valiantly fighting all darkness in view
Each day that I have, I want you by my side
Year by year, you and I firmly allied
Of all the dreams we have, still so bold
Ultimately, the end of our story is yet 'to be told'
I am impressed by your glorious talent!
Love is evident, and heaven-sent
On wings of an angel, that came and went
Victoriously despite the energy spent.
Enough about that, I want to hold
You close in my arms 'til we're both old
On retirement plans we were each sold
Until (due to Democrat schemes) they fold.
Today's not the time for that however!
Or if it is, it's time to sever
Our thoughts relating to times of never.
! Yes, let's focus on forever!
Key: Read the first letter of each line (but ignore the lines within parenthesis)