"Love Song to a Husband and a Marriage"
by Margaret Harless
Who knew, my darling, when we began,
How long, how well, we'd last and love?
My mother said a heart attack would take you,
and leave me alone, (with lots of kids).
But we raised them all, cared for orphaned
siblings, my aged grandmother, our dear Susie:
the transplant, cancer, death; so sick, so long.
Your goodness, strength and wisdom brought us through.
Who has not done a mean or an unkind thing?
I think only you, straight as an arrow.
Now, with white hair, bad knees, bad backs, our reward
is peace, gardening together and Paris!
Fifty four years, not just love, but friendship,
and still the 'sweetness of familiar flesh'.
About the Author
I am a fifth generation Wyomingite, married to my husband for 52 1/2 years (and we dated before that for 1 1/2 years). We have four children, six grandchildren, love family get-togethers, books, petroglyphs, the outdoors and PHC. We used to go to a mountain location where we could pick it up, before we had Wyoming Public Radio.
Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest Winner
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).