This month we are celebrating the sixtieth year of my extraordinary wife. So I could expect nothing less of myself than that I should write a(nother) poem for her.
I've written a few poems for her but, this time, I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew! It has sixty stanzas and is, without question, the longest poem I've ever written (even beside this one); and it still doesn't cover half of what I could say about her. It does, however, encapsulate her most important attributes and the signposts to and in her life so far, at least from my significant perspective.
The poem is here, or you can click on the link further down the right hand side of this page under 'My Poetry Library'.
There are a few references in the story, which I don't expect anyone, who doesn't know us, to understand. For example, the main reference to Kings and Queens refers to a short period of time when my father-in-law clearly expressed his disapproval of the marriage. His subtle, but very well written apology came in the form of a fairy story, which we still have to this day and treasure the memory.
The 'Gentle Waltz' refers, rather perversely, to the pattern of the metre in each line, alternating, as they do for the most part, with three and four 'feet'. Hence the 3/4 waltz rhythm... told you it was perverse :-).