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Who First

Who first thought to eat cornbread with chili?
And who first thought to add ketchup to fries -
Who first thought to put that bell in Philly -
And who first thought that yeast could make bread rise?

Who first coupled Abbott with Costello -
And who knew whiskers looked so good on codgers -
Who first added fruit to cherry Jell-O 
And who first paired up Hammerstein with Rodgers?

Who first peanut butter'd up some jelly -
And who first thought to eat breakfast in bed -
Who made that first Reuben in their deli -
And who suggested Ginger dance with Fred?

Who first thought that tea could use some honey -
Who first put together nails and wood?
Fine folks - all; and yes, it may seem funny 
But I should like to meet them if I could.

Now who first put the moon and stars together -
Who put lush green hills under blue skies -
Who made sunshine follow rainy weather -
And who first fashioned beauty for our eyes?

The same One who brought you into my life,
He knew we'd be just right for one another
He knew that we would be husband and wife
Before He formed each of us in our mother.

Great is the One who makes one out of two
Preserving them through sickness, joys, and tears
He knew that you'd need me and I'd need you
I thank Him for our many happy years.

Written and submitted 11 Aug 2020 to:
Strand Completely New (21) ,Any Form,Any Theme Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Brian Strand

Copyright © John Watt | Year Posted 2020


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Date: 8/12/2020 1:46:00 PM

wow, this is fantastic, John. But I was just loving all the modern inventions you were talking about. I wanted them to go on forever!! Anyway, I believe that there are many mates that are able to go with one person, but it's nice for you to believe you got a soul mate. This is one your wife will highly prize, I should hope so anyway !!!
Date: 8/12/2020 1:46:00 PM

this one had better SCORE!!!
Date: 8/12/2020 1:36:00 PM

"Great is the One who makes one out of two" Outstanding! The answer to all the questions both big and small.
Date: 8/12/2020 10:40:00 AM

What a lovely tribute to your wife, John, and the last three verses are a wonderful profession of faith -- almost reading like a prayer. Best wishes in Brian's contest! Hugs, Carolyn
Date: 8/12/2020 9:49:00 AM

Wow John we are truly on the same wavelength, I say to my wife not daily but frequently, who was the first to?...what made them think of that?...very curious, similarly I wrote something like this for our of course I love this poem!
Date: 8/12/2020 7:39:00 AM

Oh man, you are a contender! For the same contest, I wrote “Off Course.” Let me know what you think! Blessings with boxing gloves ;) <3 Kim
Date: 8/12/2020 1:52:00 AM

Thought provoking in the beginning and then you get the answer, being faith, nice write, John:)
Date: 8/12/2020 12:02:00 AM

This has such an uplifting, positive, jazzy tone to it, John, and then it turns and has so much FAITH! Wow! A FAVE for me!