A little verse written for an elderly couple celebrating
their seventieth wedding anniversary ...
Now you've been married for seven decades, we
Thought we'd remind you of all that you've got, for it
May be that some of your memory fades, since that
Long-distant day when you fastened the knot.
Of children and grandkids you've had quite a few, you've
Had several houses and numerous friends, now
Some of your sprogs have got grandchildren too, so it's
Hard to decide where your family ends!
We've had terror and crises and riots and stuff,
Changes of government, banking collapse, the
Climate is warming (but not quite enough) causing
Earthquakes and flooding and famine. Perhaps.
We've had the EU and the Real IRA, and
Loads of bad stuff that a man and his wife can
Hardly imagine: alas, sad to say, we
All get the blame for such terrible strife:
We are racist, and sexist, and thoroughly bad. Our
Savings are paltry, our mortgage too large. Our
Religion's offensive, our laws are quite mad, if you
Fight off a mugger – you're facing a charge!
We did well in Beijing and we snaffled the Ashes, but it's
Forty-five years since we won the World Cup – just
One of the things that the Daily Mail splashes
Across its front pages to wind us all up!
We won World War 2 but our industry's dying, the
Things that we purchase are all made in China; we
Know you like puzzles – try identifying the
Moment our lives went from major to minor?
So ... there's lots to remember and plenty to tell, but
This is the thing that we're waiting to hear:
Seventy years may be all very well, but
Does it still seem such a brilliant idea?
either on this site or on the World Wide Web.
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