Cherished is the Night
Not Aphrodite's vernal ivory skin
nor Cleopatra's jasmine scented lair
could tempt this man to stray in wanton sin,
for next to you no beauty can compare.
Like Tristan's end while under Isolde's spell
or Romeo who died in sweet embrace,
I'd gladly sacrifice this earthly shell
to see the smile return upon your face.
It breaks my heart to know you're in such pain,
you try so hard to wear a blithe facade.
My promise is to stay through sun and rain
remembering the vows made under God.
Let's celebrate our love 'til morning light
and may we ne'er forget this cherished night.
* for my girl - 25 years and going strong