Sunday, May 16, 2010

Come Hell or High Water

Come hell or high water, Joe and I are married until death do us part.
It's 18 years today.

On Harmony

this is you
this is her
twin threads twining in space
up and up andupandup
sinuous as snakes
the dance of the double helix
making life grow high

this is you
this is her
round notes soaring
high and round as the moon
in a purple sky
full of light and high a bird in flight
a waltz of wind and feather
riding waves of air

this is you
this is her
a swelling rising rearing
crashing wave
shatters on the sand
and the sand soothes
calms and suckles
a soft sighing washing smooth
of rough edges and the fury

this is you
this is her
strong arms gripping
across the precipice of loneliness
strong limbs bowing before the wind
strong lines moored in heavy seas
above all holding fast
in the face of the storm


Magpie said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
This shows all the wonderful complexity that is a marriage.

RNSANE said...

Oh, Chris, your poem is wonderful, and so special for this day! Congratulations to you and Joe. Eighteen years is a milestone in today's world with so much that can disrupt a marriage. I pray that my own son, who got married May 7th will have fity years of a happy life - or more - with his new bride.

Did you see the photos?

Helen said...

What a lovely tribute to you both! The photo really says it all .....

Brian Miller said...

smiles. happy anniversary...and keep holding fast, in the waves and otherwise.

Monkey Man said...

Happy Anniversary, Chris. You capture a relationship so well. I love this work.

Sam Liu said...

This poem is just wonderful, the images and emotions conjured are truly magnificent. You have a real way with words and with description. Congratulations on your anniversary, here's to many more happy years.

lakeviewer said...

Happy Anniversary! That is a lovely picture of the two of you. Eighteen years is Grand.

S.L. Corsua said...

Happy anniversary, you two. You're a pair of the lucky ones. :) Cheers.

Matty said...

Your poem is so appropriate. You both look great, and here's to many more happy anniversarys.

crownring said...

Many congratulations, Chris! You two make a very beautiful couple. :)


Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Hold fast, hold fast! And happy anniversary

e said...

Happy Anniversary and I wish you many happy years ahead, echoing the sentiments already expressed.

Hugs to you both!

Karen said...

This is one beautiful poem. Congratulations, Chris! Many more happy years to you two!

By the way, 37 years for me. I can hardly believe it. I still think we're 20!

Indigo said...

Beautiful heartfelt tribute to 18 years. I couldn't have picked a better day to stop by and visit. (Hugs)Indigo

steveroni said...

"...holding fast in the face of the storm". Much more description of real hard-core, true love would be difficult to find.

Congratulations! And thank you for letting us in on your wonderful day!

Dianne said...


Dianne said...

This poem is a wonderful gift to your honey. BTW, he is much better looking than this picture!

And so are you,
this work has motion, growth and bonds, just like a great relationship.
...nice, you have an 18-year-old-husband at home, Ha!
word verification: schst

Her Big Sad said...

Congratulations! You guys are beautiful! Wishing you many more celebrations of your love. I love what you wrote, especially the last two lines.

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Nana Jo said...

Happy Anniversary! You are a very attractive couple. I especially love the last verse. So deeply powerful and true.

Syd said...

Really nice Chris. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary and a continuance of the feeling of love each day. Those lines do hold fast no matter how much they are tested.