Friday, December 19, 2008

A Poem to Honor Two Strange Things

Today would have been my mom and dad's 64th wedding anniversary. Though my dad died in 1985, I still call my mom on their anniversary. Sunday my husband and I will celebrate our 37th anniversary, and we still have no idea, really, why it all works. Love is strange, and marriage even stranger. So here is a light-hearted poem in honor of those two strange, deep-hearted things:

To My Husband

Yes, we’re odd as ginger snaps
dunked in Turkish coffee,
we’re hot, beneath the sugar.

We stir each other’s chai
until a foam forms.
We sip, we sleep.

Honey, you still toast
every sesame seed in me—one bite
and it’s Madagascar
all over again.


Poetry Friday is being hosted this week over at Authors Amok.


  1. "You still toast every sesame seed..." I may have to steal that line to use on my husband. :)

    One of the best things about being married a long time (24 years for me) is that you have a rich history of funny/odd/tender things you can continually riff off of, and lovingly tease each other about. This poem conveys that perfectly. Love it.

  2. Julie: 37 years! Congrats. You're right: why should it work at all. Yet for some, it does. I'm forwarding your poem to my husband.

    Sara, "rich history": I treasure those too.

  3. Julie,

    Love the poem--and Happy Anniversary! Next July, my husband and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary. We started dating when we were fifteen. As Sara says--we have lots of shared memories.

  4. Ha! I think this ups the ante on anniversary gifts. I need to start working on a poem for my next anniversary in February.

    Why does a marriage work, how? Such questions!

  5. That is so sweet and brought a smile to my face. Also, I have a sudden, inexplicable hunger for molasses cookies. Happy anniversary to you and your husband!

  6. Thanks, all, for the good wishes. And Elaine, my husband and I met the summer I was 15, too! Gad, crazy crazy and crazy. Congratulations in advance for your 40th. And Sara, to you, for your 24th. Let's raise a glass to everyone loony enough to get married and sane enough to make it work. Or vice versa, I'm not quite sure.

  7. What a fabulous poem, celebrating the sugar and spice of marriage. Happy Anniversary!! (We just celebrated our 30th this year.)

  8. Off-topic!
    Hi, Julie. I've awarded you a "Butterfly" for having a really cool blog, which I always enjoy checking out on Poetry Friday.
    Here's the scoop at Ink for Lit.
    Have a great day!

  9. Thanks, Jennifer - how sweet of you.I'll try to pass that along. And Jama, congratulations on your 30th!

  10. Julie,
    I just found your blog, and I'm enjoying your poems. I look forward to reading more. Do you have a web page?