So many years ago it was
you gave each other rings.
You promised love. You honeymooned.
The world was on your string.
But with life's pressure and its stress
your string got frayed at times.
The shine of romance lost its gleam
like poems that don't rhyme.
And yet when you lived out your vows
and put the other first,
the glow of love returned again.
With joy you were immersed.
That joy still marks your lives today
as you two celebrate.
Its more than just a marriage bed
that makes a marriage great!
Commitment and companionship,
forgiveness and some fun
are what have brought you to this day.
Two lives still meshed as one.
* This poem is dedicated to all the couples at Covenant Shores Retirement Community who have been married for more than sixty years. I am especially grateful for the example of commitment and companionship that Wilson and Ruth Eckels modeled. The Eckels celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on June 5, 2013 (Wilson's 95th birthday). He passed away five days later.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.