picture from GitBox Culture
For my beautiful wife, on our wedding anniversary. Not the most romantic of sonnets, but consider the alternatives. This year was supposed to be a silver plate, and next year a musical instrument. Just what we need around the house, another instrument! Anyway, I love you dear – this one’s just for you.
Year 24: Nothing says I love you like a banjo
Well, they came up with an impressive list
of anniversary presents to go
alongside the traditional gifts. So
now any guy can make a decent fist
of getting her what she’ll love. You promised
to cherish her always? Then why not show
it year by year, using the plan below?
(It’s kind of goofy, but you get the gist).
First ten years: paper, cotton, leather, fruit
wood, sugar, copper, bronze, pottery, tin.
So far so good. Then things disintegrate
until she’s just got a grab-bag of loot:
sculpture, watches, cars, glasses, But then, in
year forty-six, A POEM. I can’t wait!