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For Mary


A poem

Each laugh line
around her beautiful eyes
is more precious to me than emeralds.
Each is a time she smiled
that smile that stole my heart
Each one means I did something
that made her enjoy life.

Each tear she shed
broke my heart.
They are symbols that I failed
to ease her sorrow.
They represent times
when the stress of living
made her hate life.

Each grey hair
that crowns her intelligent head
I cherrish as the silver they are colored.
They are war-wounds
badges of honor.
They are the the hair pulling episodes
that tempered her life.

Each stretch mark
surrounding her stomache
is a map of the life she helped bear.
She has given me the
supreme gift of my daughter,
the girl who I get to raise
and teach to live her life.

Watching her live
with me and in my life
makes my life a thing of beauty.
There are scars on her soul
that none will ever see
but which I know are there
and which completes her life.

I can go on
listing things I love about Mary.
I know she can list things too.
But the fact remains
that without my Mary in my life,
I would be a shell of a person
For she is my life.

Her frowns,
Her tears,
Her recriminations
All wound me to the core of my being.
Her smiles,
Her laughter,
Her willingness to put up with me
Gives me indescribable joy.
And I can never repay her.

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One Response to “For Mary”

  1. Starlah Starlah says:

    Your wife is a lucky lady!

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