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Final Vows

Updated on February 1, 2015
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I once pleasured in learning your favorite foods,

Your personal colors of choice,

Those silly sides, smiles and secretive moods,

And believing in that artistic voice.


I knew you better and years became decades

As we weathered many storms.

Solace comes, it ebbs, and mystery then pervades.

Growth is knowledge, experience thus transforms.


We danced on clouds of precious air,

Wonderful times truly entered and flowed.

Life and dreams could never compare

The cup of happiness always overflowed.


Even when those few times the dice

Tossed us threadbare and meatless soup

All it took was steady, untimely sacrifice

And sensibility made us regroup.


Our mirror gave us the yearly truth,

But aging really mattered not.

We kissed goodbye wondrous youth

And replaced it with what time forgot.


Good times still came and went

And your beauty still overflowed.

That experience always will represent

How former whirlwind days subtly slowed.


Each holiday was still met with passion,

And occasionally one went by the wayside.

Though you medicated your depression

Your eyes would always gently confide.


Even though now you don’t know me

I still remember that promise I made.

There was never a cut and dry guarantee

That this chosen life could ever dissuade.


I will always tend to your every need

And fulfill those promises from years ago.

With every iota in me, I will always concede

My vows are solemn and apropos.


And when your final breath comes

I will know in my heart

That tradition never succumbs

And only through death do we part.

© 2015 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Peg. This disease can strike to many, so vows must be taken literally. I had a friend back in DE that kept her husband at home for as long as she possibly could, then sadly realized that she was unable to physically control him safely. It hurt her so, but she did what she had to do by placing him in a nursing home.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is truly the story of for better or worse. You've said it beautifully in this lovely and deeply meaningful poem.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nice to see you up and busy before the birds' first chirps and calls! All is well here as I contemplate incorporating my own publishing company. If you have contemplated publishing your own book(s), I recommend getting in touch with Dan Poynter's Para Publishing. They are on the web, and they have the manual and guides to facilitate the whole process without spending for advertising. I have seven books ready now except for completing their covers. Woohoo!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, peach purple, and a vow it IS.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      A vow is a long life commitment to your spouse, voted up

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Mary, and may there soon be a cure for this destructive illness.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      A beautifully sad story told so well. How many couples face the sadness of Alzheimers or dementia but their deep and abiding love sees them through. It's a hard life but love will help them bear the burden.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As always, degree, thanks for your support.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Too beautiful Deb, "....With every iota in me, I will always concede..."

      Fantastic words and lines here....a final vow indeed !!!!

      Shared and votes way up.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Chris! Keep toasty, and if you haven't heard, I'm making scotch broth as we speak.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Deb, just beautiful. Every line is a favorite. Well, I did have one favorite, but Bill stole it. Thanks for sharing your gift.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Glad you liked it...

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Deb, it told perfectly the flow of time and relationships, wonderful!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Kevin, Thanks so much for reading.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Beautiful Deb, it sounds like two people passing in the night. I voted up and Tweeted it.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, perspy, I CAN catch that ball, but there is no additional family. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours, too.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      There is so much more to this story. Keep up your courage.

      On another subject: Can you catch the football, too? Brothers and sisters all out there like the Kennedys?

      Happy Valentine's Day, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, aesta! That was my intention for this one. Glad that I got the desired effect.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful poem. Tugs at the heart.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Time sneaks up on us, and we never know what will happen in those twists and turns. It is best to share moment as they come.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a sad but very lovely story about a relationship and the passage of time, Deb. I enjoyed reading it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, DDE…good to hear from you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A unique poem and so well expressed!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      rdsparrowwriter, thanks for reading. I'm sure that this will touch a few hearts...

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Beautifully written :) I like this :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      DAve, I always find something, which is just like a trigger in some ways that there people might experience. Does that ever happen to you?

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb, another beautiful poem from you, and a pleasure to read for me. Great work, wonderfully written.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Sanjay! Glad to hear that this meant something to you. I appreciate your having read it.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      We danced on clouds of precious air, transported me to a different level. This is a beautiful poem.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for reading, manatita. There are so many diverse things in this world of ours...

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      How touching! Sad but sweet. Peace, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Sha, it sure does. It takes a true commitment. For those that have that, they truly are meant to be together.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful poem, Deb. Fulfilling marriage vows is not easy. It takes very strong love to see it through.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Audrey, I'm glad that you were able to see this.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Really a lovely and heartfelt line--I felt every line

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad that I could accommodate, Jackie. I aim to please.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is my favorite type poem Deb and you did it very well! ^+

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kiki…it was all started by a simple spark.

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      Kiki Stamatiou 2 years ago

      beautiful and heartfelt piece. Captivating. There is a lovely musicality within this piece.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. There's always a topic out there, eh?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think this falls under the category of sweet melancholy. Nicely done, Deb...replacing youth with what time forgot...love that line.

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