we were never going to be old

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Today is my husband John‘s 70th birthday. When we met in 1979, we knew we wanted to spend our lives together. And we have. We’ve done what we hoped to: built a house, planted trees, written books, loved 3 children to adulthood, and now have the pleasure of our grandchildren. There have been dark times, of course, and I suspect there will be more. But this morning, by the woodstove, watching my beloved open gifts—Jorie Graham’s new collection, Fast; a beautiful scarf; a couple of bottles of special red wine; condiments and implements from Ottawa; Colm Toibin’s study of Elizabeth Bishop; tickets to the Vancouver Symphony—I saw the young man who captured my heart when I heard him read poems at Open Space in Victoria with bill bissett. Did he read from Love’s Confidence that evening? I can’t remember. But opening it now, I read the last poem, and hope for decades yet, that opening for the moon.

Finally

Taken out
of myself
the words are

a special green
of leaves beneath
the streetlamp.

I want to go on.
I want the poem
it could be

the opening the clouds
make for the moon.

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~ by theresakishkan on December 19, 2017.

4 Responses to “we were never going to be old”

  1. A beautiful poem and a stunning couple. Happy Birthday to John, and bravo to you both for a life well-lived – good writing, great love, a family launched, trees, bears, elk, coyotes – you have it all.

    • Thanks, Beth. (That couple has aged of course. Maybe like wine or cheese? Or maybe like leather?) I know you and I have said so many times that we are very lucky women. The clicking you hear is me, counting my blessings.

  2. a fortunate couple indeed! love to you both….

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