Three Poems for My Wife, by Jeff Kemper The Society November 13, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Love Poems, Poetry 13 Comments On Marriage I married a girl named Sue And alas! She married me too! As Then, So Now When years ago and many ages since My flaming ardor flared (now fondness thrives For you, most wondrous of all wondrous wives), You turned this mortal pittance to a prince. As I was wrapped in rapture long ago, I’m yearning hitherto for your embrace While climbing now on heaven’s steep staircase, Hand-locked with you, and leaving earth below. So now, but weeks beyond the coldest times, A fire burns within my heart and yours. Emotion stirs to warm the out-of-doors, To melt the snow and ice of arctic climes. And as in wintry winds so in the heat Of sultry summer days, your spirit soothes My troubled heart, be it a heart of youths Or aged men, you turn the bitter sweet! When I am wayward, Love, you bring me round. There’s nothing—no one else—whom I adore! My heart’s affection flares forevermore, As then, so now, on gentle, solid ground. To Grow Old with You I wanted to grow old with you; It was my most enduring wish Than any other I’d construe: That I’d someday grow old with you. No horde of gold would I accrue Or pleasures on a silver dish; I wanted to grow old with you And now I have my grandest wish! Jeff Kemper has been a biology teacher, biblical studies instructor, editor, and painting contractor. He lives with his wife, Sue, in York County, Pennsylvania. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 13 Responses Joe Tessitore November 13, 2020 These are wonderful and strike a very familiar and welcome chord. Thank you. Mr. Kemper. Reply Jeff Kemper November 13, 2020 Thank you, Joe! Reply C.B. Anderson November 13, 2020 That’s exactly how it is, Jeff. These poems remind me of one I published in The Lyric years ago: The years gone by have dimmed the bliss Which sealed our ardent troth. As we grow older, I’m sure I will remember this: Your beauty stormed the eyes of its beholder. The passion of our first long kiss When we were young was but a lukewarm smolder Compared to how I’d fiercely miss Your steady hand now resting on my shoulder. Reply C.B. Anderson November 13, 2020 The title of the poem I transcribed above is: THE PERSISTENCE OF VOWS Reply Margaret Coats November 19, 2020 This posting becomes unexpectedly rich with your comment, C. B. Thanks for bringing it in. Jeff Kemper November 13, 2020 Thanks, C.B. I wish that all marriages could be as lovely as is mine! Reply Theresa Rodriguez November 13, 2020 Lovely sentiments, Jeff, thank you for these poems! Reply Jeff Kemper November 13, 2020 Glad you appreciated them, Theresa! Reply Anna J. Arredondo November 13, 2020 Heartfelt sentiments wonderfully expressed. Thank you for sharing these with us! Reply Jeff Kemper November 13, 2020 Thanks, Anna, for your appreciation! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant November 14, 2020 Jeff, I love these poems! I love the touch of humor in “Our Marriage”. I adore the poetic wisdom of “As Then, So Now”. The enduring qualities of true love are divine, and you manage to convey that with beauty and a smile. I especially like this smile of a line: “You turned this mortal pittance to a prince.” And, I’m a sucker for a good triolet, and “To Grow Old with You” really hits the spot. Thank you! Reply Jeff Kemper November 14, 2020 Thank you, Susan, for your kind remarks. Reply Margaret Coats November 19, 2020 Jeff, I share Susan’s tastes, both for a good triolet and for that wonderful line in “As Then, So Now”: “You turned this mortal pittance to a prince.” Indeed, these are three fine marriage poems, and your wife is to be complimented for inspiring your poetry, as well as for transforming you into royalty. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.