Friday, January 28, 2022

Poetry Friday: Happy anniversary, Atticus!

Atticus and I have been married for thirty-eight years. (Yes, those-of-you-who-are-young and young-ish, numbers do take on a frightening, other-worldly quality as you grow older. How are these numbers real?) 

What we count as "the beautiful" has changed a lot over the course of thirty-eight years, but some things never change: my husband is kind, funny, intelligent, has an astounding memory for all things important, sentimental and trivial, has fabulous taste in music, is an amazing father, keeps everything afloat, and I love his cooking. 

Happy anniversary, Atticus. If I live as long as Betty White did, we'll be celebrating another 38. I know you'll still be cooking. ❤️

The Beautiful Changes
by Richard Wilbur 

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns

Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things’ selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.

(Read the whole thing here, at The Poetry Foundation.) 


The Poetry Friday roundup this week is being hosted by Irene Latham


tanita✿davis said...

Oh, lovely. I do love Queen Anne's lace, and their sort of ephemeral grace belies the strength of them as a semi-weed, and the length and strength of the love described. Happy Anniversary!! Cheers to another thirty-eight.

Tabatha said...

Happy Anniversary!! ❤️❤️

penelope said...

Happy Anniversary❣️38 is a fabulous tally of years💖

Linda Mitchell said...

What a gift, these words, for an anniversary. I'm happy that you are celebrating. Happy anniversary!

Carol Varsalona said...

Karen, I wish you a life filled with love and wonder. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the beautiful poem that has me wondering.

Mary Lee said...

Happy Anniversary! Definitely go for 38 more!!

Bridget Magee said...

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your ongoing love story. *swoon* :)

jama said...

Gorgeous poem. Happy Anniversary!!

Irene Latham said...

The beautiful changes indeed! Thank you, Karen, and congratulations on 38 years! Wonderful! xo

Elisabeth said...

congratulations! thanks for sharing this poem with us today.

Carol Labuzzetta said...

Happy Anniversary! 38 years! That is awesome. We are not far behind - it'll be 35 this summer for my husband and me. It sounds like there are a lot of things you still love about your husband and I'm sure the same is true for him regarding's what keeps it fresh, right?! Congratulations and enjoy!

Karen Edmisten said...

Thank you, all! We finally got a chance to celebrate yesterday. Bring on the next 38! :)