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  53 Years Before the Court
by Phyllis Jean Green
Sunday, January 28, 2007
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                 53 Years Before the Court
                      [for míhoneyíníme]
 
The best of marriages is. . .how shall I put it?
But first, ladies and gentlemen of the jury,
witnesses will attest to 53 years of I love you
daily, and more.  Of kisses, of hugs, of assuring
the union is not in question.  That chemistry
will fan the flame, but  love is not going to burn.  
Will hold.   Will give.   Will see.   Will hear.
Will not: cut deep with words that wonít go
back.  Will not:   hit,  slap, twist,  knock down,
hurl things toward.  Will work to understand.  
Will not: stray, betray, or backbite, but honor  
for richer, for poorer, in sickness, in health.  
Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution
is going to tell you the marriage is not perfect.
That the man and woman who stand before us
are quite different.  That they have interests
they donít share.  Neuroses, habits, pasts.  
You will be told they have had a great deal
of luck.  That patience is not always in evidence.  
That there have been fantasies about splitting
when things got tough.  School hassles, job woes,
and the joys and perils of raising a family
and a myriad of other stresses and strains
have threatened to pull the rug. A bad childhood
has taken its toll.  Kith and kin died or ran
into trouble.  A rich manís economy sapped
finances started out a joke, the accused parties
never having been great at that kind of thing.  
But hear this: here are people who believe
in each other even more.  Promises made,
young and green though they were.  Please,
find them not guilty of taking for granted.
Innocent of staying together for conventionís
sake.  Note how they look into each otherís eyes.
Why, they look downright giddy. .
Let them think the honeymoon is still on!
 
©) Phyllis Jean Green, January 28, 2007


{Ray and I married January 28, 1954.  We both had a semester to go at U/AR and had known each other a little over three months.  We had to borro to pay for our rings. Made no sense at all.  Just got carried away.  Thank the lord for student housing.  Incidentally, we met backstage at U/AR Theater.  The play?  Romeo and Juliet!   Ray was Friar Lawrence, I a lowly prop girl.  Ray was drafted into the army the following summer.  Our daughter Debi was born in Heidelberg, Germany, January 18, 1956,  our son Tracy in El Dorado, Arkansas, June 26, 1957.  Ray and I both went back to school eventually.  He first, then me.  Road was often bumpy.  Love and laughter. . .and stubborness. . .have gotten us through thus far.  Thanks for helping us celebrate our anniversary. 's been wunnerful :) :) }


 


 


 


 




 


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Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
Very clever and very real. Love the court room scenario, or setting I should say. You are most blessed indeed. We've only been married 74 months ans if we had had our way it would be 74 years, but alas we never had the opportunity to meet each other until 2001.
Blessings, J'nia
Reviewed by Debra Baker
Congratulations on the bliss, some of us are the lucky ones. The poem I enjoyed with a tickle of laughter.
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish
Congratulations. The last half of the twentieth century was an amazing time. I think most of us enjoyed it and I feel sure you did. Bless you...Best wishes from JDM
Reviewed by Richard Orey
My dear Phyllis,
Jodi and I were married in 1952, but that's only because we couldn't get married earlier when we were both only fourteen. Needless to say, I have the authentic background to not only write every line you wrote, but I believed for a moment you were writing about us! (The only change would be to title it "55 Years Before the Court.") You may know something of the two of us if you read my posted poem A Lovely Rose (which started us out) and The Kiss, (which tells you how I feel about her after sixty years together.)

The strange but magical thing about this is that when I look at her, I don't really see her as she sees herself in the mirror; I see her as she was and as I have always seen her. Nothing has changed except our love is deeper and fuller and richer. Love is a blessing from God. And it is also a decision. Anyone can ride the rail of infatuation and enchantment; but to be lasting, love requires dedication and commitment.

More than anything else, your wonderful narrative poem demonstrates this same dedication and commitment.

To be where I am now with the woman I have loved since I was a young teenager is life at its very best. Only when we are together in the heart of God will anything be sweeter.

Richard
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
Damn. 53 years and still counting. It took hard work but you've made it. Congratulations 53 times over. The poem is so well put about all that a couple go through, through the years. Thank you for sharing. Excellent. Liz
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett
IT IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL THING
ISNT IT I KNOW
GOD BLESS YOU BOTH.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
Blessed are those that can sing their love ~ breathing the air of togetnerness.

Thank You for opening the chest of Your treasures to let Your readers be enriched with their brightness.

This glorious FLOWER/page, "53 Years Before the Court" ~ will feed the hummingbirds of my mind ~ and enchant my soul for as long as I live.

Healthy Long Life celebrating many blissful ANNIVERSARIES.

In reverent gratitude and admiration, always.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
I like these types of testimony to perservering love. They go against all the bad news evolutionists tell us like love only last four years and it's all chemical. Such true life stories say you've got to work at it. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by J M
MANY MANY MORE BLISSFUL YEARS YOU TWO.

Beautiful work Pea!!!!!!!

Blessings,
Joselyn
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
Congratulations! This is so wonderful and so rare these days. It does something for me to hear about two people who not only stick it out but find little moments of joy all along the way. btw, I lived in Heidelberg for three years growing up - my most fond memories of my entire life. continued blessings to you and your husband. Dawn
Reviewed by Morning Star
WooooooooooooW A very happy anniversary of 53 beautiful
years !!
I'm sorry I'm late congratulating you wishing you and your husband Love And Happiness Till the end of time!!
Your words captured picture!!
Love And peace to You Always Your Friend..Morning Star
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Absolutely Beautiful
Reviewed by Marcia Duning (Reader)
Happy Anniversary....a day late and a dollor short!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
This is a beauty, Pea; you are so blessed! Very well done; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D

Am keeping this one! :)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Ah, (((Pea))),

If this doesn't reach in and GRAB the heart, giving it a loving squeeze: I think you impressed the Judge and Jury, full pardon, full aquittal! :) Good on ya--good on BOTH of ya--you are an inspiration to a divorce happy/non committed society. :) Happy Valentine's Day; Happy Anniversary; go out and have FUN! You've earned it.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Please,

find them not guilty of taking for granted.

Innocent of staying together for conventionís

sake. Note how they look into each otherís eyes.

Why, they look downright giddy. .

Let them think the honeymoon is still on!



I think they already know! Very Well Done, Happy Happy 53rd Honeymoon, and Wishing You Many More!!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
Happy anniversary...and might I say congratulations!!! Not too many marriages survive the years as yours, we are working on our twenty eigth year and as you've penned above a marriage is give and take, full of lifes ups and downs, sad times and happy times, love and anger...but as you've penned it so well, it takes two to stand the test of time....loved this and related so well! Again, happy anniversary!
Blessings,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
congrats for sure...and a great write by you is such a triute
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
Congratulations Pea!! This is a great (and very honest) poem and a beautiful celebration of your life together. Talk about commitment, 53 years...my longest relationship has been with my cat who is now 20 oh wait, perhaps it is my car, which I love that I have had a few months longer than my cat...needless to say, I have never known that kind of commitment with a partner. I admire and envy you, but I find peace and hope in those who can, have and continue to keep their commitments to each other.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Pea,

Congratulations on our anniversaries. It really is a small world. The jury is in and the defendants have been aquitted. A life sentence without parole can be beautiful if you believe in yourself and one another. Blessings to you both, Paul
Reviewed by Felix Perry
CONGRATULALTIONS AND WELL DESERVED SMILES OF HAPPINESS, THE POEM SAID IT ALL, AND I WISH YOU BOTH MANY MORE YEARS OF HAPPINESS.

Fee
Reviewed by Art Sun
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!
What a great display of your thoughts, memories and the reality of your love and life...it is us who should be thanking you for this opportunity to celebrate with you and yours...

Congrats.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury
Now that was real romantic true love!Congrats
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