Why should a foolish marriage vow Poem by Paul Durcan

Why should a foolish marriage vow

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Dear Nessa - Now that our marriage is over
I would like you to know that, if I could put back the clock
Fifteen years to the cold March day of our wedding,
I would wed you again and, if that marriage also broke,
I would wed you yet again and, if it a third time broke,
Wed you again, and again, and again, and again, and again:
If you would have me which, of course, you would not.
For, even you - in spite of your patience and your innocence
(Strange characteristics in an age such as our own)
- Even you require to shake off the addiction of romantic love
And seek, instead, the herbal remedy of a sane affection
In which are mixed in profuse and fair proportion
Loverliness, brotherliness, fatherliness:
A sane man could not espouse a more faithful friend than you.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: break up,divorce,marriage
Bill Wright 26 April 2016

I read Paul Durcan's work for A level but unfortunately none of the ones I read are on here.

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Brandon Moore 07 July 2015


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Chinedu Dike 05 July 2015

Love is a spiritual experience that affects all and sundry profoundly. However, it's whimsical and temperamental coming unannounced and may leave without warning. A lovely depiction of undying love, well articulated and nicely penned from heart with conviction. A beautiful poem indeed. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.

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Kelly Kurt 03 July 2015

That was beautiful, Paul Thanks for sharing Peace

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