Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Poetry Wednesday, Vol. 21

Welcome folks who have made it over here from Close to Home. I'm so glad you are participating, and am looking forward to this weeks selections.

The Longly Weds Know
Leah Furnas

That it isn't about the Golden Anniversary at all,
But about all the unremarkable years
That Hallmark doesn't even make a card for.

It's about the 2nd anniversary when they were surprised
to find they cared for each other more than last year

And the 4th when both kids had chickenpox
and she threw her shoe at him for no real reason

And the 6th when he accidentally got drunk on the way
Home from work because being a husband and father
Was so damn hard

It's about the 11th and 12th and 13th years when
they discovered they could survive crisis

And the 22nd anniversary when they looked
At each other accross the empty nest, and found it good.

It's about the 37th year when she finally
Decided she could never change him

And the 38th when he decided
a little change wasn't that bad

It's about the 46th anniversary when they both
Bought cards and forgot to give them to each other

But most of all it's about the end of the 49th year
When they discovered you don't have to be old

To have your 50th anniversary!


Anonymous said...

Kris, I adore this!

Anonymous said...

"All the unremarkable years / That Hallmark doesn't even make a card for" - I like it :P

x M.

Beth Hanna said...

I loved the poem! So true! I only got in on 34 years, but they were great! And we didn't forget - even though sometimes we weren't together on June 25th!

Jennifer said...

Lovely! Thanks for hosting this. I found you by way of Molly at Close to Home and am so glad to participate.


Kris Livovich said...

Wowee! So many participants this week! Thank you all for being a part of this - and a big thank you to Molly for hauling everyone in.

This is eye opening for me. I have never been a fan of poetry. And the denser, more "poetic" the writing, the quicker I lose interest. But this is stretching and good. For my brain and my heart.

Thank you all.