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If

If you can keep your marriage when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on each other,
If you can hold those loving vows you vowed to one another,
But make allowances for the odd slip or two.
If you can wait and wait anew while dinner burns
And not be too angry nor too concerned:
But embrace each other tight at night to bill and coo.
Wouldn’t I, wouldn’t we, wouldn’t you?

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
But put a brave face on failure and disaster,
Yet dream a bright vision that guides you just the same,
And conspire together to achieve that noble aim.
If you can respect each other’s aspiring goals,
Yet be considerate and trusting to the other soul.
Then no matter how that stony road may twist and bend,
All your endeavours will see success at journey’s end!

If you can reap the joys on waking, to find yourself in each other’s arms.
Yet resist temptation, forsaking others; be true to one another’s charms.
If you can rouse the morn with peals of merry laughter,
To hear your children rejoicing to the very rafters.
Yet cherish the love and happiness of those children.
Then yours is a marriage made in Heaven:
And your house, your home where cheerfulness dwells – a sanctuary sans strife
To guard forever the depth of love ‘twixt Man and Wife!

A poem to commemorate a wedding by Frank Waller.
With apologies to Rudyard Kipling.

March 1998.



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