HALF A CENTURY OF LOVE
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.
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.