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For Love Only
by William Manchee

Saturday, December 27, 2008
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This question keeps coming up so I gave it some thought and came up with this poem. It doesn't encompass all my thoughts on the subject but it's a start.

On our fortieth anniversary
many people asked: What is the
secret to making a marriage last?

Well, it’s really not a secret.
It’s just a truth often overlooked.
The truth is to marry for love
and nothing, nothing else.

Don’t marry to have children,
for money, possessions, or politics.
Don’t marry for convenience,
due to loneliness, to end depression, or for sex.
Marry for love and nothing, nothing else.

But even if you heed this truth
and your heart is true .
How will you know this love?
It’s so easy to be deceived.

To that I can only say this:
Love is not contentment or acceptance.
It isn’t commitment or a contract.
It isn’t peace or tranquility.
It isn’t patience or endurance.

Love is joy and exhilaration.
It is passion and obsession.
It is commotion and chaos
It is confidence and trust
It is devotion and sacrifice.

So, examine your relationship and
marry only if you find love and
know that nothing else matters.

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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/18/2011
I liked your poem a lot. My wife Jennie and I have been married for over 45 years. I penned these words for her:

Who likes to think his earthly life will end?
Not me, although Iíve passed age seventy-one.
Far too many fields to me still beckon;
To view, learn, write about things uncertain.

When Iím placed inside an earthen coffin,
One scent in life for me has had its fill.
Nicest flowír Iíve known my days to brighten,
The maid Iíve loved this life and always will.

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 1/10/2009
Reading this a little late, but happy 40th anniv. I know your love will survive when you think like this. Oh, if only the youngsters getting divorces after 2 or 3 yrs og marriage could abide by this poetry.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 12/28/2008
Thank you, William, you have really enlightened this single girl, and I will be keeping this in my library as a reminder. :) Michelle
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 12/27/2008

Congratulations on your anniversary. Forty years, wow. I've been married 25, and thought that was pretty good. I agree with everything you say, and you say it so beautifully. Would like to add one thing, true love always contains friendship and that is an integral part of the longevity of a marriage.


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