Jeff Gangwer

(September 23,1984 / Hood River, Oregon)

"The eye crud, the sleepy dirt"


I love her more than anything—
Even when I wake to find her hogging the sheets—
The nightly draft sweeping over my naked legs and feet—
And damn it, this isn't the first time that
I woke to nothing but the mattress

I roll to and pull some for my own,
All the while thinking how
I love her unequivocally—
Despite her many flaws—
Real or perceived—

Despite the rheum that gathers—
The eye crud, the sleepy dirt,
The mucopurulent discharge—
The reason I live and breathe
And work to pay the mortgage

And, reclaiming the few,
I wonder if she's dreaming about us—
The Gangwers, the newlyweds, the honeymooners—
Sunbathing on a Costa Rican beach
Or "using the room" at the resort....

I'll ask her about it tomorrow,
During breakfast—
My waffles soaking up pancake syrup—
But I won't mention the sheets she hogged last night—
Or the morning gunk in her eyes if she fails to dig it out

No, I'll simply treasure the moment—
And others like this one—and I'll think about
The rheum that gathers in God's Wife's eyes—
Her heavenly eyes, hazel and bright—
And I'll wonder if He's as lucky as I am....

Submitted: Monday, July 07, 2014

Topic(s): marriage


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  • Bronze Star - 6,403 Points Mandolyn ... (7/7/2014 7:11:00 PM)

    this is great- probably the first i've read of yours that doesn't hold sarcasm. which is good because it's good to show you have a big ol heart. now go tell your wife you love her and show her this poem. or i'm giving it a 1. (Report) Reply

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