His Wedding Vows

His Wedding Vows

It didn’t make any sense,

but the fear was clear,

and there was no pretense,

he was there for absolution,

for a sin he had yet to commit,

the priest wanted to know

what was it,

he has never sinned in his entire life,

he wanted to break his wedding vows,

he wanted to cheat on his wife,

sin was a sin,

and that’s where the guilt came in,

he knew his wife would never come back,

she was in a coma,

but she still survived that brutal attack,

it was several years,

as he held in the tears,

a voice inside him was demanding,

almost commanding

that he stay faithful

regardless of her physical condition,

he didn’t know what to do,

what advice could your wife give you,

if she could?

Said the priest as he understood,

the doctors all agreed that she would

not regain consciousness,

and he knew they were right,

but it still kept him in darkness,

without any signs of light.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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x2x3 5 years ago

Its a story , i must say beautiful one:)

is it true also?

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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Yes very familiar, being a nurse aide in the past, it's a very hard thing for some couples! :(

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Eva-Lynn 5 years ago from New Jersey

Sad, beautiful, true, teary-eyed now for those who find themselves in this situation. Very nice poem

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Terishere 5 years ago

Oh, how sad...but very touching.

I voted up...


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is so very sad, for both of them.

Beautifully written

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much x2x3 for reading and you too hattie and writer20, eve-lynn and terri and rosemay50 for reading my wedding vows Frank :)

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

wow - so sad...what a wonderful man to want to stay faithful to his wife even in those circumstances...another great one Frank!

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Stay faithful. Don't break those vows. In thisickness and in health. This man was being tested. I think it's morally wrong.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

In sickness

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Justateacher and Marlene for visiting my vows..:)

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Very sad. This is beautiful, Frank, and something that many people face -- probably more than we know. Voted up +++ and sharing.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you flourish :)

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