On our Wedding day I declared my vows;
I promised each day to be the caring spouse;
To love you the very best I can;
Through the years—our collective span.
My intent whilst pure, honourable and condition-free;
And to serve and to trust and to cherish thee;
Is certain to fail from time to time;
Yet I know your forgiveness, patience and love are mine.
Likewise I stand by you always as one;
Knowing I must trust you until our days are done;
Ready to commit my selfish pride to die;
Respect and honour mutual they lie.
During the collection of the seasons of our lives together;
We will stand shoulder to shoulder, facing the world forever;
Through all the cherished and tragic memories we’ll gather;
With you to the end that’s all that matters.
And then as we look back;
The journey that was—a splendiferous track!
Sitting together on that park bench;
Strolling as if by heaven’s glorious fence.
Arm in arm, stride for stride;
Adoring each other, a joyful glide;
Our legacy, the pride, the groove;
Our family, what a team we’ll prove!
This poem’s about a journey and a destination—of love. It describes the flow and the give and take of love—the oft sacrifice; the triumphs, tragedies, joys and sorrows.
And as we give to each other and take part in life together, a life joined spiritually at the hip, we learn over and again it seems, the basic lesson of life; the purpose of it is beyond us, individually, and our meagre personal understanding. We sit quietly together, smile humbly and simply marvel.
Life with a partner right throughout is the way to ‘do life’ if it can be managed.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.