GUEST AUTHOR: VICTOR JASTI
It was their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Contented, the couple sat together,
Listening intently to all the speeches made,
Followed by praises which amused them both,
Puzzled, guests, could not but ask, the question,
What is the secret of your marriage?
For in this age of marital discord and suspicion,
Couples don’t see eye to eye, let alone talk,
Hate the very sight, and the thought of each other,
But you seem to be in love, for whenever you see her, it is with a smile.
The husband answered, hesitatingly, I grew up all alone,
In an orphanage with none to call my own,
To get over the pain and the loneliness,
I worked hard to be on my own,
Esther was the only girl I dated,
Marriage, a simple one with close ones,
Esther’s father took me aside,
Handed me a small gift, apologetic,
Expressing, that he cannot afford more,
Wishing us a happy married life.
Nervously I fumbled at the lone gift I received,
Opening the paper and the ribbon,
In the box was a large gold watch,
With a message etched out across the back,
Every day, at home and at church,
I wore the watch with the golden chain,
Proud to wear in fair weather or foul,
The entire fifty years I not only read the time,
But the secret message,
Which said, say something nice to Esther, daily.