Year 24: Nothing says I love you like a banjo

kermit banjopicture 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!



About Andrew Kreider

I'm a poet and musician,transplanted from London, England to beautiful northern Indiana. By day I am a stay-at-home dad with our three kids while my amazingly talented spouse conquers medical school one long shift at a time. At night, I'm a performer and trouble-maker. I love my life.

9 responses »

  1. ha. age 46 should be easy for you…smiles…and congrats…24 years…that is awesome…and i wish you many more..that 46 and beyond….

  2. Alan and Eleanor Kreider

    not written for us, but we must exclaim over the poet and his love: lucky guy, lucky girl

  3. Ha, brilliant! Congrats my friend, may you both make beautiful music together for many many years!

  4. Aww… Happy Anniversary to you and your wife!

  5. Wow 24 years !! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary !! and many more !!

  6. One of the advantages to being a poet is getting a Papyrus card and being able to write something meaningful.>KB

  7. Fully agreed. I got my beloved children each Ukeleles. k.

  8. It’s not easy being green–I love Kermit and banjos-I’m sure your wife loves this poem 🙂

  9. Why are there so many songs about rainbows, possibly the ONLY song EVER that should include a banjo. I love you, Andrew. Been thinking of buying you a drum kit…


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