Stephen Katona

Silver Star - 3,374 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

My Marriage Vows - Poem by Stephen Katona

We make a great pair,
A match so rare.
Each day we'll hug,
And be each other's drug.

I promise to protect,
Respect,
Be gentle,
Not judgemental,
And thoughtful,
Not scornful.

We'll make each memory last,
With photos from the past.
Pinned to the bathroom mirror,
What we have will seem clearer.
Regardless of fashion,
You'll always be my passion.
I'll look for signs on your face,
That you need a bit more space,
Speak words that are kind,
Respect your wonderful mind.
We're so great when combined,
The sum of our parts,
Gentle with each others hearts.
We'll do this and more,
Rise above clouds and soar.

I'll care for you when frail,
As long as I inhale.
Together we'll adapt,
So neither feels trapped.
I'll help you climb,
And give you enough time.
I'll even do my best to agree,
What we watch on TV.

Now I'd like to read aloud,
These things I have vowed,
On our wedding date each year,
With a voice quite sincere.

The first is paper,
To celebrate our fun caper.
Second will be cotton,
Our former selves forgotten.
Third is leather,
With us truly together.
The fifth sees us stood,
Close trees in a wood.
Ten years brings tin,
Now we share the same skin.
At fifteen we see crystal,
With no need for a pistol.
Twenty brings china,
Happy despite our angina.
At twenty-five you're even dearer,
Now we've reached the colour silver.
At thirty I'll give you a pearl,
Then we'll dance and twirl.
By fourty I'm no newbie,
We've found our ruby.
Fifty will be Gold,
Both now rather old.
Sixty sparkles like diamond,
For my life you've enlivened.
Seventy years sees platinum,
So long you've been my chum.

This and more I swear,
For our life as a pair.

Topic(s) of this poem: anniversary, humor, humour, husband, marriage, wife


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was inspired to write this after reading Lora Colon's poem called 'But'. It made me think of all the things important to help my marriage work. My wife enjoyed listening to all my promises and I think she hopes I really will read it every year. Whether it will see a place on the bathroom mirror I'm not sure – perhaps the children will laminate and colour it in as a strip so it survives the moisture. I hope it helps at least one other marriage when read out loud to a spouse.

Comments about My Marriage Vows by Stephen Katona

  • Bri Edwards (6/15/2015 9:50:00 PM)


    Steve, i haven't even read the poem (i DID read Valsa's comment; she's so NICE............it's sickening! hee-hee) yet …….., but i guarantee your poem would not have saved my first 3 marriages. let me see.

    WHAT'S # 4? i mean the anniversary! if it's pizza, i'll forever strive to have marriages (mine) last at least four years. [all four have so far, one at a time]

    sees us stood, .............. must be some 'britainism'.

    Google 'says' the 75th is diamond and/or gold;
    you'll be lucky (or unlucky?) if you get that old!

    i can't help but ask: how old were you when, and during which year of the marriage did you/you did write the poem, AND how many years have you recited it so far? ? i THINK YOU made most of the poem 'retroactive'. no, NOT radioactive, but it might be that also.

    good old Lora! good not-so-old Steve. thanks for sharing.

    Mary-aka-Bri :) :)
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  • Valsa George (3/25/2015 3:10:00 AM)


    Wow.... how many couples can say this;
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    'We'll do this and more,
    Rise above clouds and soar.'

    Stephen, let many emulate your example and renew their marriage vows!

    Some of my favourite lines;

    'At twenty-five you're even dearer,
    Now we've reached the colour silver.'

    'Fifty will be Gold,
    Both now rather old.'.............. So inspiring I must say! A clean10
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 24, 2015


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