Thirty years married: a realist romance

This poem is in two parts; the first part was written when my wife and I were first engaged in 1984. The second part was written on our thirtieth wedding year, 2016. It pits early innocence against some life tensions.

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Just married (1985) hanging out washing in the rain, for a joke photo.

THIRTY YEARS

Skipping down a forest path,

she’s the one who makes me laugh,

swinging slow her arms & hips,

sowing longing in these lips;

she’s the one that I love,

gifted from the skies above.

 

Kissing in the darkness sweet,

outside this cupboard, voices, feet;

amorous arms embrace your back,

smiling faces, sun through cracks;

I am speechless & in awe,

sweet that freckled face I saw.

 

Eating lunch above book shop;

laughing, kissing, couldn’t stop,

sweet figure-of-eight pressing me,

that old sofa sings, blessing me;

my bride-to-be, soon my wife,

God will bless our married life.

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Thirty years since have passed,

some days dark, some overcast:

sudden gusts slammed some doors,

mice scrabble under wooden floors,

“summer storms” rattled our roof,

windows proved to be shock-proof.

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Now your hair turned gorgeous grey,

our two grown boys have moved away;

recalibration is now required,

new dreams now need to be inspired;

how many years do we each have left,

which the warp and which the weft?

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“Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out.” –  from 1 Corinthians 7

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Above two photos taken December 2016

by Dora Kazmierak  www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/

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