As If Seeing For the First Time

I sat and watched before me transformed,
my wife of twenty-five years.
It was as if she were newly born
and in my eyes formed tears.

It was as if I saw her for the first time,
my wife of twenty-five years.
Her sweetness and vulnerability shine
and in my eyes formed tears.

I’m so sorry, dear, for paying scant attention,
my wife of twenty-five years,
to your beautiful essence —
things now mentioned
and in my eyes formed tears.

The scales fell (and so, too, my fears)
as if seeing you for the first time,
but, I promise to see you clearly
through the remaining years.
Yes, till death do us part, my dear,
I’m yours and you’re mine.

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