We started out walking together

Hand in hand, together toward

The brightest of all the lights

Our unlimited and glorious future


A Golden Anniversary is always

A looking back and celebration

Of the past, our wonderful past.

Now we have arrived right here.


We will leave here walking together

Hand in hand toward the darkness

Living on memories of our earlier

And very much happier times.


That is what memory is made for

I never dreamed that our future

Would be so dark or the path so rough.

No change to birth time or macro events.


Yolanda will walk along with me

We’ll keep each other from falling

Hand in hand, step by faltering step

Until we reach our journey’s end.


Thank you for the memories

My lifetime love Yolanda

Step by step, hand in hand

Until we reach our final end.

Walter Birdwell

November 25, 2017

Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.


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