Two Philosophies Of Marriage
I overheard a conversation between two men, both a few years older than me
One said he was 87, the other 83.
They were talking about marriage and I inched in closer, thinking it would be nice
If I eavesdropED just a little- I might get some good advice.
One was humble talking about marriage- the other cavalier
The latter was divorced 5 times the former's been married 66 years.
Into their marriage philosophies it was my good fortune then to peek.
As I sat back to listen in, the divorced man was the first to speak,
"I make the money, I'm the head of my house, " he said, I may not be Sir Galahad.
And if the ladies don't like those conditions, I'm sorry that's just too bad.
The married man listened carefully then gently nodded his head
"That's interesting but my wife and I- we have a different arrangement, " he said.
"We made it on our wedding day and for 66 years it's helped our household run.
We agreed I shall handle all the major problems and she the minor ones."
"Good man, " the divorced man nodded in agreement as a smile crossed his face
I believe in any good marriage a woman should know her place."
"Funny thing, that, " the married man said, "in our 66 year long duet
We've only experienced minor problems- not one major problem yet!
As the divorced man was left to ponder- I imagine he'd never understand.
The married man smiled, walked up to his wife and they walked away hand in hand.
Jim Yerman's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Two Philosophies Of Marriage by Jim Yerman )
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953)
Edna St. Vincent Millay
(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950)
William Butler Yeats
(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939)
(1914 - 1955)
- Invictus, William Ernest Henley
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
- If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
- Christ: The Light Of The World, Denis Martindale
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Dreams, Langston Hughes
- Daffodils, William Wordsworth
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
- Sonnet XVII, Pablo Neruda
Poem of the Day
- our smile, Prophmatt . . .
- Those Ignorant Steps, Lawrence S. Pertillar
- Pen Me Passion, Shania K. Younce
- Curiosity's Appetite, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
- Why Do Bad Things happen to good people?, Shania K. Younce
- Kira My Love, Michael P. McParland
- Full Understanding, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
- Devil Does Find My Need, Adeosun Olamide
- Peterborough Cry, Moses Samandar
- Take Care, Milady, Lawrence Beck