The Mismarriage

Ask the groom, “What does it mean,
this marriage you propose to enter?”
“It is so great; I cannot wait,
For this home where I’m the center.

“God has given me a mate,
a lovely helpmate of my own
for me to manage and direct.
She’ll be mine and mine alone.

“Church and country have ordained,
as in the marriage vows we’ll say;
she’ll promise me and no one else
to love and honor and obey.

Ask this bride what marriage means
And hear what she will say.
“A partnership, a caring bond
where each of us has equal sway.

“In any decisions to be made
About house or kids or money,
We’ll each listen respectfully,
And say, ‘I hear you, honey.’”

“Whether in sickness or in health,
Whether we’re rich or poor,
There’ll be no blame or calling names.
We’ll just love each other more.

But after years of love and war
There was nothing left to try
Not a single thing was left to do
That could make their marriage fly.

And so this poor mismarriage
Ended in bitter divorce
“To myself I must be true,”
Apart, each plied their course.

About this poem

I've observed more than one marriage that ended in bitter disillusionment when the couple failed to understand each other's values and goals before they tied the knot. I wrote this poem about a fictional union that, unfortunately, I believe, is not uncommon.

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Written on October 29, 2023

Submitted by janet_1 on October 29, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,074
Words 223
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Janet Muirhead Hill

Janet Muirhead Hill is a novelist who occasionally writes poetry for fun and for self-expression. Her published books include the Miranda and Starlight series of horse stories for middle-grade readers and other fiction. more…

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1 Comment
  • Soulwriter
    Sad, but increasingly true, unfortunately
    LikeReply3 months ago
    • janet_1
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my poem.
      LikeReply3 months ago


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