The Willows

The willows that we planted, nine in all,
Lined up along the fence in our back yard,
Began to grow from saplings thin and small
To tower over rooftops — long and hard.

The leaves would shimmer in the summer sun,
Providing shade and intricate designs
Of leaf and light and bending branch for one
Suspended moment in a world of pines.

Those years they grew amazed the passersby
And made that yard unfurl like angels’ hair
Gold and green against the blue sky,
The neighborhood surrounding it with care.

The willows are our years now numbered nine.
Our love has roots that drink from Cana’s wine.


  1. Rufus McCain says

    1st Anniversary – Paper
    2nd Anniversary – Cotton
    3rd Anniversary – Leather
    4th Anniversary – Flowers
    5th Anniversary – Wood
    6th Anniversary – Iron
    7th Anniversary – Copper
    8th Anniversary – Bronze
    9th Anniversary – Willow
    10th Anniversary – Tin/Aluminium
    11th Anniversary – Steel
    12th Anniversary – Silk
    13th Anniversary – Lace
    14th Anniversary – Ivory
    15th Anniversary – Crystal
    20th Anniversary – China
    25th Anniversary – Silver
    30th Anniversary – Pearl
    35th Anniversary – Coral
    40th Anniversary – Ruby
    45th Anniversary – Sapphire
    50th Anniversary – Gold
    55th Anniversary – Emerald
    60th Anniversary – Diamond

  2. The Ironic Catholic says

    Congrats to you both!

  3. Rufus McCain says

    Thanks, IC!

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