. Ruby Jubilee We’ve made a grand tour of exuberance, Repeated as our hearts reverberate, Imagining abodes where we might dwell For seasons long enough to celebrate Red-letter days our travel plans foretell. Though rooms or rain or hindrances displease, Experience and memory advance The journey through our realm of jubilees. Commingling treasures of inheritance, We’ve shaped for children a unique estate. Home school is an instructive citadel, Developing supernal gifts innate In personal distinctions parallel. Grace reconciles smart animosities, For rosy generosities enhance Delightful warmth in sanguine synergies. We live with art of scattered provenance. Cut glass and heirloom paintings decorate Our halls, and gems of joint collection swell Large storage chests with cherished freight Occasionally exhibited, as well. Eclectic plantings screen our scenes of ease: Pal garden, and the overgrown expanse Of future landscape capabilities. In fields of scholarly significance, The wheat from chaff we strive to separate, Not muddling minds as diverse trends impel, But building old brick paths to contemplate The truth real objects and sound logic spell. We take our crimson graduate degrees As expertise to cultivate romance In arts beyond well-grounded specialties. Our catholic tastes in daily sustenance Demand that elegance inebriate Our spirits. Candles serve as dinner bell, And perfect table wares surround each plate When special festival repasts excel Competing restaurants’ finest recipes. Here’s ruby port among choice stimulants For friends at this year’s private revelries! With sacred trust we’ve walked on many strands Attained because we chose to cross red seas, Preparing for love’s long continuance Past yet uncounted anniversaries. . Poet's Note: Line 24 alludes to English landscape architect and gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who got his nickname from using the word to describe aesthetic potential in their properties to his prospective patrons. Bruce and Margaret Coats have seen every one of Capability Brown’s vistas. . . Margaret Coats lives in California. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She has retired from a career of teaching literature, languages, and writing that included considerable work in homeschooling for her own family and others.