The Wonder of You

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Sometimes, a good thing happens... I wrote this for our anniversary, but it is still true now as ever.

The Wonder of You

[On the occasion of our 50th wedding anniversary]


Until you, I had no life

But once you said you'd be my wife

My existence was now complete

Two hearts, as one, began to beat.

Then came war, mean, and severe

Cutting us off from year to year

Soon, even that ended one day

We moved, yet again, you had no say.


Children we had, numbering two

A girl for me and a girl for you

Each time right after birth

I sped away to prove my worth


My career finally ended after year twenty

Our life fulfilled, in terms of plenty

Now retired, we finally relax

And plan ways to dodge inheritance tax


Through thick and thin we’ve stayed together

Through hot and cold and stormy weather

Through it all, one fact is clear

I love you very much, my dear


Submitted: May 19, 2014

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Mr Watson

Very romantic Tom, I think your description of those fifty wonderful years together as husband and wife are a great tribute , through thick and thin, truly poetic.

Mon, May 19th, 2014 8:40pm


Thanks very much. our one unbreakable rule: never go to bed mad.

Mon, May 19th, 2014 1:52pm

Joseph Mark

Nice poem! Maybe I should write one about my ex!

Mon, May 19th, 2014 11:25pm


Couldn't hurt ... could it?

Mon, May 19th, 2014 4:27pm


This is flawless :) It's written wonderfully and has a really romantic meaning. The rhyming stanzas are amazing, and I think that this is such a wonderful tribute :) Well done! The results for the contest should hopefully be up soon :3

Mon, June 9th, 2014 8:00pm


Thanks, Brianna. That means a lot. I originally wrote it for our 50th anniversary, but it is fitting any time.

Mon, June 9th, 2014 1:20pm


very sweet. i like the way you pulled me along through your life. glad it all worked out for you.

Wed, June 18th, 2014 7:21pm


Short poem, long life - so far. Thanks for the comment, Bruce.

Wed, June 18th, 2014 12:33pm


As much as you're lucky to spend fifty years with your beloved wife, it's luckier to appreciate it, because most people don't. No fancy comment here, just a congratulation, even though it's a bit late.

Tue, August 19th, 2014 9:33pm


Thank you very much, Benyoucef. It's the thought that counts.

Tue, August 19th, 2014 2:58pm


interesting poem. really romantic. good work.

Wed, August 20th, 2014 2:32am


Thank you very much. Even at 72 the romance is still there.

Wed, August 20th, 2014 6:40am

Ben A Vanguarde

Yes! We just celebrated 45 years last August.

Fri, September 26th, 2014 9:55am


Congratulations, Ben! That's quite an accomplishment in this day and age. Happy you liked the poem.

Fri, September 26th, 2014 4:32am

Amy Furzane

This is sweet. I liked the way the poems tell the story :) -Amy

Sat, October 4th, 2014 1:27am


Thank you, Amy. Much appreciated.

Fri, October 3rd, 2014 6:36pm


This was so pristine and beautiful, Sir. I really adore couples who have been together through thick and thin with the bond instead of loosening, gets stronger with the passage of time. I was in awe when I read this poem. Fifty years is such a long time and I'm so glad that you and your wife have been together through all these years. I also read your reply to Adil's comment and your story of how you met ma'am is touching. I really hope that someday I get a partner so sweet and I'm sure you and ma'am will definitely stay together for long. This poem was very romantic and sweet. I loved this. Stay happy and stay safe, sir.
With a lot of respect, Scarlett. :)

Sat, April 4th, 2015 9:37am


Thank you so much, Scarlett. It means a great deal to me that I could please you. I have no doubt that there is someone out there for you and that you will find each other. Take care. ~Tom

Sat, April 4th, 2015 7:04am


what a wonderful piece of work, so romantic, so heart felt, Yes life like this go's on for most of us, I am joyed that you have reached 50 years, congratulations, a very movable poem,

Wed, April 22nd, 2015 10:45am


Thnk you so much, Artie. I appreciate it. ~Tom

Wed, April 22nd, 2015 6:52am

Adya Dutta

Sir, this was a flawlessly romantic piece. I enjoyed its simplicity and how it could so easily bring out all the love. It had a very amazing flow and no doubtedly, very very sweet. Really beautiful. Love

Wed, May 20th, 2015 6:07pm


Thank you very much, Adya. I appreciate you reading and commenting on it. ~Tom

Wed, May 20th, 2015 11:16am


It was a delight reading the poem sir... thoroughly enjoyed reading... it was simple yet amazing... great piece of writing sir- thank you for sharing! :)

Wed, May 27th, 2015 8:50am


Thanks, Smiley. I appreciate the complimentary review. ~Tom

Wed, May 27th, 2015 7:09am

H. Adams

This is the best gift you could give anyone for an anniversary- Heartwarming, personal, loaded with hope and a really optimistic poem. Lovely job, Tom. You really should do more with poetry! This was wonderful and I can see you doing so much more in the genre.

Wed, July 1st, 2015 1:53pm


Thanks, Hanorbi. Poetry comes hard to me. I can think of it, but when I write it down, it always looks wrong to me. I'm more into writing novels and short stories. ~Tom

Wed, July 1st, 2015 8:53am

D. Thurmond aka JEF

Great Job, simple and sin-sear, I liked it!

Mon, November 9th, 2015 8:26pm


Thanks, JEF. Much appreciated. ~Tom

Mon, November 9th, 2015 3:05pm


You took me through your life with this, and done so beautifully. Great job!

Thu, November 19th, 2015 6:50pm


I originally wrote this for our 50th anniversary. It is still true now for our 52nd and beyond. Thanks, KW. ~Tom

Thu, November 19th, 2015 10:52am


Exquisite! A life well lived! Enjoy the fruit of your labors, blessed of the Lord.

Wed, December 16th, 2015 12:57am


Thanks so much, Glyndagail. We've been through some tough times, but it has been worth it. ~Tom

Tue, December 15th, 2015 7:36pm

Chris Cross

Lucky is the person elected by your heart, because she is honoured by a genuine work of art!

Tue, March 22nd, 2016 6:59pm


Thanks, Chris. She is my heart, my driving force and has been for over 50 years.


Tue, March 22nd, 2016 8:04pm


This is a beautiful gift for you wife, very romantic!

Sat, July 16th, 2016 12:45am


Thank you very much, Simone. I wrote it for our 50th anniversary and it is still true now that several years have passed.


Fri, July 15th, 2016 8:26pm

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