Ode to an Anniversary

We’ve travelled together
through all these years
hand in hand, even apart,
exploring each twist and turn.

So much of our story behind us now,
turned down corners on favorite pages.
Still, we walk on, more slowly perhaps,
wizened bodies and fuller hearts.

Listen my love
as we choose our next path,
to these words I quietly say.
Thank you time, thank you you,
for this and every day.

Today Mish hosts dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. She interviews Ally R Saunders, a talented artist who spent most of her life in Nanaimo, includes some of her paintings and leads us to her website. I chose her painting Many Paths as the muse for today’s post. (My 47th anniversary is February 7 and Kim at dVerse just celebrated her anniversary)  dVerse opens with this prompt at 3 PM Boston time.

41 thoughts on “Ode to an Anniversary

  1. Misky January 31, 2017 / 10:23 am

    A lovely celebration, Lillian. And my anniversary is 16 Feb. It’s a good month. >

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  2. lynn__ January 31, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Happy Anniversary, celebrate your love on this beautiful path together!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Thankful for every day! 🙂


  3. Karen January 31, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    So much lies behind but I like to think a lot of good stuff is still ahead.

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    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Exactly! We make memories every day 🙂


  4. welshstream January 31, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Great little poem …. so many paths before us … taking the right one is the trick and sticking to it! Lovely sentiments here

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  5. Ally Saunders January 31, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Happy Anniversay Lillian. I was smiling as I read your “Aniversary” Poem. Very meaningful.
    May your future paths be beautiful together.

    Thank you,


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    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Ooooh, thank you so much Ally. I truly enjoy your paintngs and had a difficult time choosing one to use as my muse. You have a real talent! 🙂 So VERY glad you’ve come to dVerse and allowed us to attach our words, our emotions, our thoughts, to your art.


  6. Glenn Buttkus January 31, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    It is so nice that all the poems I’ve encountered so far are upbeat, loving, & fun. Perhaps we’re all exhausted by the fascist shock events hogging the news.

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  7. frankhubeny January 31, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Nice phrase: “wizened bodies and fuller hearts”


  8. Waltermarks January 31, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    47 years, wow!! What a testament to stability, your words work well for me in the picture, where paths converge, as the travels together through the years, how sweet!!

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  9. Mish January 31, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    So much love in your voice…47 years, that is a beautiful thing, indeed. Best wishes to you both! What I especially like about your poem is the choosing of the next path…there should always be a next one, whether it is a new adventure or simply discovering something new about your spouse.

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    • lillian January 31, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      I heartedly agree! And, thankful for every day.


  10. Grace January 31, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Happy anniversary Lillian ~ Such a lovely tribute to your togetherness ~

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Candy January 31, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Perfect description of all the paths we take in life. Fits the painting so well

    Liked by 1 person

  12. maria February 1, 2017 / 4:19 am

    Awweee.. congratulations Lillian! 🙂 This is a very wonderful tribute… ❤ I especially love these lines,

    Still, we walk on, more slowly perhaps,
    wizened bodies and fuller hearts.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. sarahsouthwest February 1, 2017 / 6:35 am

    I love this, sweet memories of the past – love those turned down pages – hope for the future, gratitude for the present. It’s beautiful.


  14. whimsygizmo February 1, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    “wizened bodies and fuller hearts”
    YES. Love this, Lill. Happy Anniversary to you and your love.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian February 1, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you! 😊 Thankful for every day!❤


  15. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) February 4, 2017 / 2:18 am

    Still, we walk on, more slowly perhaps,
    wizened bodies and fuller hearts.

    One soldiers on to get on with life’s challenges and life’s woes and forever being grateful



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