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The Long-Suffering Wife

Believing that marriage was ordained of God; 
that, like a seed, it needed constant nurturing, 
she sowed her deep devotion with a hope 
that stretched beyond an ordinary scope. 
That hope scanned schisms that had left her desolate-
until it reached the heavens with her prayers.

Time and time again, her spouse complained or failed to do small things
essential to cementing the marriage bond.
With unusual restraint, she held her tongue, forgave. . . and listened.
If matrimony were the fire in a hearth, she supplied the kindling and the logs;
then lauded him for twigs that on occasion he tossed in. 
Some nights she’d lay a weary head upon the chest 
of the one she called her husband (when he was fast asleep and didn’t know). 
In those moments, she felt the beat of that heart he never showed to her.

With humbleness she supplicated God 
that she might find connection with her mate.
She wondered and she wondered why. . .if thoughts, invisible, 
which were transmitted to the Lord, were able to be recieved by Him,
why could not her words, directly spoken to the one on earth she loved, be heard?

Daily on her knees, she telegraphed celestially with a faith most extraordinary. . . 
and wisdom came. Her love would not be broken, and she grew. 
The seed she’d planted took root too and grew until there came a time. . .
she laid a graying head upon the chest
of one that was her husband (not just in word only); 
a someone who now watched HER as she drifted off to sleep. 
With his heartbeat strong in her ear,
she heard him whisper softly, “I love you” as he kissed her cheek goodnight.


For Audrey Carey's "To Err Is Human to Forgive Divine"

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




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Date: 11/22/2014 4:00:00 AM
A sad write with a happy ending. Very touching, certainly a fav.
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Date: 4/1/2014 9:18:00 PM
Nice Poem, it shows how people can and will change evetually if enough effort is given. Congrats on the win!!!
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Date: 1/13/2011 11:25:00 AM
Congratulations Andrea on your win in "Annalise's Contest". Love, Carol
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Date: 1/9/2011 7:06:00 PM
how humane and endearing.. best cheers for the win andrea! :) nette
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Date: 1/9/2011 12:13:00 PM
Congratulations Andrea! This is most worthy of your winning position in the contest. Well done. Deb
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Date: 1/9/2011 10:08:00 AM
Congratulations Andrea on your great third place poem. Agape, Moses
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Date: 1/9/2011 9:43:00 AM
Congrats Andrea on your wonderful win in Audrey's great contest with this excellent entry my friend.. enjoy another top ten with luv..
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Date: 1/9/2011 7:56:00 AM
A moving and heart wrenching poem, Andrea! Congratulations on a well deserved win! Love, Carrie
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Date: 1/9/2011 6:45:00 AM
Congratulations, Andrea, with your win in Aydrey's contest with this excellent poetry~~
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Date: 1/9/2011 6:19:00 AM
many congratulations dear Andrea for this win.
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Date: 1/9/2011 6:13:00 AM
Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest of Audrey, Andrea
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Date: 1/9/2011 2:03:00 AM
So happy to see this one amongst the winners Andrea! Congratulations ;-) love Wilma
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Date: 1/9/2011 12:48:00 AM
A very well deserved win, Andrea. Congratulations. (^_^) Noel.
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Date: 1/8/2011 9:36:00 PM
This is a beautiful story Andrea. congratulations on your win. Love, joyce
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Date: 1/8/2011 7:35:00 PM
Very touching, Andrea. Congratulations on your win!
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Date: 1/8/2011 7:24:00 PM
Thank you for supporting my contest, Andrea! Congratulations! Love, Audrey
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Date: 12/28/2010 11:35:00 PM
Andrea -- we were indeed channeling the same spirit in these poems I love the words you use, how you tell the story. very good. love Deb
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Date: 12/22/2010 4:18:00 AM
omg this is amazing. it made me sad and it made me happy and it made me want to fall in love ;) awesome poem
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Date: 12/21/2010 8:05:00 PM
Now I am in tears again. Life is so short that we fail to realize that in a minute it could be gone. We have to say I love you more often and learn not to hold a grudge. Faith, hope and love never left her. AWESOME. love Phyl
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Date: 12/21/2010 1:48:00 PM
OMG Andrea this made tears fall it was terrific.Please have a joyus Christmas holiday with your mom.I sure miss mine.Thanks for those so sweet and kind comments.Have a very Merry Christmas from your friend Teresa
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Date: 12/20/2010 4:22:00 PM
she heard the beat of that heart he never showed to her.sounds so deep.it really does. it was almost like he didn't even realize her suffering words unspoken until the very end. .which was a beautiful ending by the way. a favorite on my list for sure. ~Always&Forever Lynette
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Date: 12/20/2010 3:26:00 PM
What a beautiful commentary on faith and hope in love..persistence of the heart..Best of luck Andrea with this definite winner..take care~Deb
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Date: 12/20/2010 3:16:00 PM
Exceptionally beautiful. What a lovely portrayal of steadfastness, hope and forgiveness. Prayers answered. Thanks for sharing. ~ Jodie Q
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Date: 12/20/2010 11:38:00 AM
To err is human, but to persist is devilish and to forgive it needs a godlike heart, Andrea
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Date: 12/20/2010 9:20:00 AM
Ow my,you hit the hammer on the head sweet Andrea. .beautiful ending. .So much emotions in this outsdanding poem. .tmfvs of fvs. .hugs. .im busy this week,miss our chats..how are you?hugs
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