Today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'll share a marriage poem, Marriage Tango.
I read it yesterday at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' Winter Festival .
By the way, if you read the post last week, 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf , I would like to report back that I did indeed muster courage enough to wear my first scarf-in-a-public-setting yesterday at the reading. Whoo-hoo.
Wish I could show a picture of the room and the scarf, but I've misplaced my camera. Hopefully it'll show up soon. Sally says she's seen it laying around somewhere...she just can't remember where. I've probably set some papers on top which now unintentionally hide it.
My entire writing group braved the weather yesterday and came to Avol's in downtown Madison, WI to hear me read and show their support. Wasn't that kind of them? Cheryl brought husband Randy and her lovely girls, too. Afterward, a few of us stayed down on State Street and ate an early dinner together. It was nice to de-brief and celebrate with them.
Marriage is a dance. It's a lot of back and forth; all sorts of give and take...
Here's my Marriage Tango poem:
by Lori Lipsky
There are different ways to load a dishwasher
Bowls on bottom, bowls on top
Mine is the better method:-)
But we’ll do it your way
You’d prefer to listen to music as we read
I can’t concentrate with the distraction
You let me have my way
We read in silence
I’d prefer nice furniture
You love electronics
So we go back and forth, but
We do have some awesome electronics
You leap up in the morning
Move fast, accomplish much
My start is slow—I mull things over, drink coffee
You allow me my freedom
Your meetings go long
My dinner plans are ruined
I save you a plate
It’s not as good re-heated
I assign the kids jobs
You go easy on them
But you spoil me, too
And sometimes we spoil you
When we were first married you sacrificed
To get me the piano—it must have challenged your frugality
What would my life be without it?
I appreciate your generosity
Thanks for dropping by Visits and Verse. Tomorrow, for Valentine's Day, I share another short poem that I wrote especially for tomorrow's post.