To my beloved husband with great love and affection on our eighteenth anniversary: you continue to surprise me, all of these years after your initial unexpected appearance as the love of my life!
At evening, summertime holds breathless sway
When even crickets wait before they’ll sing,
And birds to roost go silent; everything
Takes pause because the lengthy heat of day
Has drawn a shawl of stillness down to lawn
And flowerbed and hedges, ’til a breath—
So shallow it could scarcely ward off death—
Is difficult to breathe ’til the break’s gone,
Until the night resumes its stealthy crawl,
Exhaling with a stirring wind that flies
Up, stirring blossoms upward to the skies,
Their petals dropping, ash-like, down the wall,
Crape-myrtle petals drifting down below
Happy Anniversary!! Beautiful 🙂
Thank you! It was about as perfect a day as one could wish. 🙂
Happy anniversary and wishes for many many more to come. Take care and God bless.
Many thanks, dear Samina! We feel very blessed indeed. xoxo
Congratulations to you both, and many many more!!
Thank you, Tig, we’re happy to still be sappy newlyweds after all these years, and look forward to more of the same. 😀 Blessings to you two as well!
Enjoy your anniversary! And many more! !
Thank you, thank you! We had a superb day and, given the foregoing 18 years, I expect the fun to continue unabated! I wish you great happiness as well. 🙂
Happy Anniversary to you both – may health and happiness remain with you.
Many thanks to you! I wish you and yours all health and happiness as well! 🙂
Congratulations to you both….wonderful:)x
We count ourselves among the most fortunate, not least of all in being supported and warmed by so many dear friends around the world! xoxo
Happy Anniversary dear friend. Wishing you so many more years together. 🙂 Hugs and thank you for your soothing words
Blessings to you, Anyes! Thank you for the gracious good wishes. We are happy indeed. xoxo, Kathryn
I need to talk to you could I have your email?
firstname.lastname@example.org is my email (I think it’s somewhere on the blog if you should lose it) but I don’t have regular email access for another ten days or so and our house-sitter doesn’t have access to my computer. I hope all’s well with you, my dear! I might be able to collect contacts from Facebook more easily while I’m gone, if you have a Facebook account—mine is just Kathryn Sparks, and you’ll know me when you see me there, of course. 😉
What a beautiful picture and poem, Kathryn! Wishing you the happiest of anniversaries and many many more. It is the unexpected that often creates the most joy and fulfillment in our lives. XO ❤
Yes, as in meeting dear, dear friends ‘in outer space,’ as it were! Much love and many thanks!
Happy anniversary! Your poem reminds me so much of summer in south carolina! ♥♥♥ ;^)
No doubt influenced in a southerly fashion by our recent years in Texas. 🙂 Many thanks for the good wishes—we are certainly very fortunate and deeply blessed!
What a lovely poem – such beautiful descriptions! Congratulations on your anniversary- what a lot of years to look back on and be proud of 🙂
Just beautiful, through and through – like you, K. This poem is one of my fav posts here. I’d love to see more poetry from you. =) Wonderful things your verbs do, as in:
“takes pause because the lengthy heat of day
Has drawn a shawl of stillness down to lawn”
Am so glad you got to celebrate this milepost. Happy belated anniv.
Many thanks, dear Diana. We had a fantastic anniversary, trip, and adventures all along the way. And I will certainly keep writing poetry. It’s interesting that I seem to have moved backward, in a way, for my generation: started with primarily free-verse poetry and only in the last several years got addicted to rhyming and metered stuff to the point that I’ve actually embraced a few traditional forms. But then, working backwards is pretty much my personality in a nutshell, 😉 isn’t it! The next pair of books I’m working on semi-simulaneously will both continue to be poetry collections, though I hope to go with full color from here forward (the BW was a cheaper way to get the first one into print). Time will tell.
Meanwhile, I am delighted that you liked this piece. 🙂
Glad for the update. =) You go, girl!! (Backward or forward LOL Try skipping sideways).
Only way I’d likely be *able* to skip, as you know. 😉
Awwwwww, so happy for you both and wonderful sentiments!
Thank you, my friend! We’re a couple of very fortunate people. Not many still feel like newlyweds after 18+ years! 😉