Forgetting Our Anniversary

by Glenn Currier

I looked at her daily cat
a tabby snoozing
looking like Sweetpea
her favorite of our three.

Then the big red thirty
lept out at me
pried a recall
from dense wasteland
of my memory:
Today’s our anniversary!

With the troubled void
somewhere between stomach and chest
the approaching avalanche:
How could I forget?
The busyness of Christmas?
The big computer project?
Incipient dementia?

Too late for a gift
before she awakens.
My God!
What do I do?

A poem. A poem
might rescue me.

So here I am
hoping that a moment
of inspiration will emerge
from the toilet of guilt
upon which I sit.

Then like sand dripping
in an hour glass…
the sum of our love
began to gather:
the choices of yes
the voices of no
miracles of forgiveness
started to flow
tears of shared sadness
shrieks of sheer joy.

That is the stuff
of a marriage
not cards or parties
or flowers or rings.
That is what matters
that is what sings.


Author's Note: Dedicated to my wife Helen on our thirty-ninth.

Posted on 12/30/2008
Copyright © 2021 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 12/30/08 at 06:57 PM

Congratulations! It's definitely a day-to-day journey. MFS

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/30/08 at 07:57 PM

Rock on, man. This is a fine tribute indeed.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 12/31/08 at 12:28 AM

Excellent Glenn. I hope she unlocked the dog house and fed you a fine dinner. Happy 39 years of marriage - I guess you're a keeper.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 01/01/09 at 02:01 AM

Congratulations! You've expressed graphically the emotions of "forgetting". Perhaps most of us males can relate all too well!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/01/09 at 09:14 PM

A solid congratulations for your anniversary, a fine save in a poem for a gift, and the sentiments speak of deep caring in those last two marvelous stanzas.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 01/03/09 at 04:29 AM

Both funny and warm and a gift of words which will melt her soul. Happy Anniversary for you and Helen for so many years! I hope I live long enough to see ours!

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