The Viewing

I spoke with Dad tonight,
He’s had lots of visitors, family and friends,
The love never ends.
I’m grateful there’s support for him
When I can’t be near
But when I heard
Him say he was popping up to see Mam
The tears streamed down my face.
How brave.
It sounded like he was going upstairs
Not to a funeral home.
He feels so alone,
He hasn’t seen her in ten days
After nearly sixty three years of marriage
That’s a long time.
I’m not sure I can face viewing Mam,
Really not sure that I can.
Lord give me the strength and the grace
To face what I must,
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Copyright wordz2Go June 2016
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Wedding Advice

Dear Sarah,

You were just 10 when we met,
And yet –
You stood out from the crowd,
Never loud,
But you made your point,
You made yourself heard
In the vastness of church
Where you’ve grown spiritually
if not physically!

Sarah, you have grown
Into a lovely young lady,
A bride-to-be,
Counting the days
Till you plight your troth
And wed your man
Just as you’ve planned.

The only secret to married life
Is to share the love and the strife,
Take the good and the bad,
The easy, the hard
And always use his credit card!
A joint account is vital
But keep your own too
For the odd pair of shoes
Or to pay for a treat
To make life complete.

You won’t always agree
But listen to me:
Be sure to kiss and make up,
Share love and respect
And I fully expect
You’ll learn to live together
And your love will last forever.

Copyright wordz2Go June 2016

Pearl 30 – 12th April 1986

I’m very proud to say,
We were married
Exactly 30 years ago today.

Memories merge of our journey
And yet I can clearly
Recall our wedding day.
We were 25 and 26
As we stood in Pont chapel
And vowed as a couple
To love and honour
Until death do us part.
Vows we meant
And vows we’ve kept
Through hopes and fears,
Through happiness and tears,
By the grace of God
We’ve sailed through 30 years.
Pray God our pearls will turn to rubies and gold,
That we will grow old
To enjoy the twilight, together.

Copyright wordz2Go Apr 2016

Pearl 29 – Challenge

 

I’m no poet and I know it
But I set a challenge
And I’ve tried to complete it
To the best that I could –
Not all have been good,
Most needed more time
And didn’t quite follow the line that I wanted!
The discipline required
Has been positive for me,
I’ve certainly watched less TV
But I’m also pleased
To be released from a set theme
However noble the cause,
Because,
I like a little variety,
So look out for me
Now my Pearl Anniversary series
Is completed!

Copyright wordsz2Go Apr 2016

Pearl 28 – Parenting

 

I think we’ve done OK,
As parents I mean
The kids are grown and seem
To be quite normal!
Despite a lack of skills at the start,
We took them to heart
And did our best,
And the rest,
As they say, is history.
If we’d had one more
We might have known better,
Would have followed the letter
More closely,
But it’s unlikely to happen
Without immaculate conception!
So stop and give thanks
For the small mistakes
That allowed us to learn
To face issues in turn,
To raise our children
Into the delightful young adults
They’ve become.

Copyright word2Go Apr 2016

Pearl 27 – Love Mangle

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Love is funny –
It picks you up and spits you out
From its malfunctioning-mangle
With enormous rollers
That squeeze you tight,
Wringing you right out,
So you’re thinner and longer than you were ever meant to be,
Rolling and squeezing till I’m you and you’re me.
You’re the same but different,
Differently unique in every way
Yet joined together,
Forever
If the mangle gets it right
And the rollers roll tight.

Copyright wordz2Go Apr 2016

Pearl 26 – Compromise

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In the time we’ve been together
We’ve neither felt the need
To find solace elsewhere
Or to seek arbitration.
The hardest work in marriage
Is learning to compromise
And it doesn’t come easy,
It requires real concentration.
Sometimes doors have slammed,
Angry words exchanged
And arrangements rearranged
Because we’ve not thought sufficiently
Of one another’s position
Or we’ve failed to see things
From a different point of view:
Of you from me or me from you –
Compromise is key
To the happiness of both you and me.

We’ve learned to consider one another,
To remain as lovers
Not just man and wife.
We’ve made time to make it work
Allowing space for life
Whilst maintaining
That together we are stronger.
Let’s not squander
This God-given opportunity
For marital happiness,
Let’s use compromise to temporise
And face the future
With confidence.

Here’s to the next thirty years!

Copyright words2Go Apr 2016