You hooked me,

twenty-eight years ago,

with your shy smile

and elusive ways.

I was scared

but you were more so

which made me brave.

I would I had known you all my life

(or even before)

 but I feel/felt like I had

although it took years for me to find you.

With your rough hewn edges

 you taught me to speak up

when before I spoke not.

 I have learned to take care

because you have taught me to dare

and today on our 24th wedding memory,

despite our little irritations and frustrations

as an old married couple,

I am hook-line-and-sinker-


and want to use what time is left


to bring one and other to God.

19 responses

  1. WOW, Ellen–this is incredibly beautiful, and moved me to “misty-eyed”. (I’m just a bit envious, wondering if it’s too late for my prince to come…probably, and I’ll manage!) Congratulations on your anniversary–here’s best wishes for many more! God bless you both–love, sis Caddo


    May 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    • Well thank you very much. I’d say never too late. Have heard of first time weddings in 70s– not that you are near that. Mine was late. God bless you, Ellen


      May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      • I always marvel at those stories, Ellen–wonder if it takes more guts, at 70. I’m 60, and not feeling altogether brave…yet!


        May 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      • Knew someone who married in her 70s and was deliriously happy. If the right person comes, so might the bravery.


        May 14, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      • Oooh, I like that–what a wise woman you are!


        May 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

  2. Congratulations, Ellen & Tom!!


    May 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

  3. That’s an exceptional tribute to love Ellen. Many congratulations to both of you!
    Keep smiling 🙂


    May 15, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    • Thank you, Arjun, for comments and wishes. Love is what I sought in life and I have been blessed enough to find it. It is scary though, on so many levels. I am NOT complaining. Just stating the case. We have had rough spots with each other with dying parents and such, but we bumbled through. There is lots to be said for monogamy.


      May 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

  4. so beautifully rendered – God bless your anniversary


    May 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    • Thank you so much, Paul! And thank you for all the “likes.”


      May 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM

  5. Happy anniversary and congratulations for all these years together


    May 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

  6. Genie

    And many more blessed years together…
    Touching poem, Ellen.


    May 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

  7. Ah so sweet. I could cry. My trip went well Ellen. I have been given a promise ring by my beloved. The one I have talked to you about. It is more special than I even imagined.
    I look forward to years of happiness as you have.


    May 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    • Yisraela,

      Very happy for you! And a ring!!! Will write more when freer. My uncle due here soon– the one whose wife just died. Want to hear more about your trip, etc. xxx Ellen

      Sent from my iPod


      May 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      • You have a good visit. And pray all will be well for you all. Much love Yisraela


        May 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      • We had a wonderful visit– good for uncle and us. But I would love to hear about yours unless it is uncomfortable for you. You said something about a ring and a promise of something like I am blessed with. I pray that is true for you! You deserve something beautiful! xx ellen


        May 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

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