Patricia Kelley

Rookie - 36 Points (March 11 1957 / Oklahoma)

I Wouldn'T Take A Penny For Her - Poem by Patricia Kelley

I wouldn't take a penny for my wife.
We've both shared a long life.
We've shared a life of 71 years.
His eyes filled with emotional tears.
As his wife sits there in total silence.
She's still the diamond,
Of his eyes,
I can tell.
He seems so wise.
Still after all of these years,
He's still madly in love with his wife.
Mother, he says,
We have a visitor.
He suddenly, becomes the inquisitor.
First, asking about the weather.
Then asking, if there are a lot of people outside?
I can tell.
He's starting to feel insecure.
About his life, he's given up everything for his wife.
Including their nice home in the country,
Giving up the life of feeling comfy,
He says this is what marriage is about.
He shouts.
Making sacrifices for the one you love.
He goes on to say that's what's wrong with marriages today.
Some guys walkout with nothing to say.
Then have regrets of yesterday.
Then, he says, she made sacrifices for me.
When, I was in the war she could have left.
I have been blessed.
She was the best wife.
I wouldn't take a penny for her.

His wife has end stage Alzheimer's

Poet's Notes about The Poem

His wife has Alzheimer's

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 9, 2013

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