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Tempests in the Storm
Jose E. Ferrer

Oh, what opposites you and I.
I like numbers, you like words.
I need the big picture, you need the details.
I love spring, you love fall.
I hate winter, you hate summer.
I get up early, you stay up late.
You look at the mountains and say,
“Oh, what beauty! The smoky mist, the colors, the hues . . .
“Amazing what tectonic plates colliding will do,” I respond.
Cookies: chewy for me, crunchy for you.
Steak: pink in the middle please; yours, brown through and through.
Vacation: you—yay, let’s make a list! me—oh, please let’s not!
The list goes on and on.
No wonder there have been tempests in the storm,
as you so graciously put it.
If I had to do it all over again, would I still marry you? you ask.
Oh, yes, I would.
I think you’re beautiful.
I think you’re smart.
I love to hear you laugh.
I love to read what you write.
I love to hear you sing.
I even enjoy it when you’re feisty—
albeit at a distance.
That list goes on and on, too.
I can honestly say my very best memories
are of days I spent with you.
As for those tempests,
oh, what a fool I was
for not listening to a different point of view.
I’m not saying you were always right,
but rare was the time when we were both wrong.
I should have listened more.
And how I admire the fact that, when you were right,
you never once said, “I told you so.”
Yes, yes, yes, I would marry you all over again.
We created children who find calculus easy and boring,
compose music with lyrics and record them,
paint, write, make movies, program computers,
and make us laugh with their wit.
No, I wouldn’t want to miss that.
Thirty-six years may seem like a long time,
but I’m looking forward to thirty-six more.

© by Jose E. Ferrer.
Used with the author’s permission.


Jose Ferrer is a systems analyst and e-commerce specialist who spent many years working for Fortune 100 companies before launching his own software development company. A creative thinker who enjoys problem solving and exploring new technologies that might make the world a better place, Jose is a dedicated gardener and looks forward to a time when he can spend his days growing vegetables and keeping company with his flock of chickens. Father of three sons, Jose lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife, Jayne. He never, ever expected to be a poet.



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wendy morton:
Opposites. Oh, love. Oh, poetry.
Posted 02/18/2014 11:06 PM
Really like your love letter Jose. What a joy to have this, Jayne. Thanks for sharing.
Posted 02/18/2014 05:51 PM
Aww. Lovely surprise.
Posted 02/18/2014 11:48 AM
I really liked your poem, Jose! Who would have thought? A systems analyst who writes poetry! Life - with all its tempests - is so rich.
Posted 02/18/2014 10:54 AM
Sounds exactly like my marriage of 36 years--thanks for sharing this!
Posted 02/18/2014 10:00 AM
Truly a love poem!
Posted 02/18/2014 09:32 AM
I can certainly identify with the details in this lively poem. Aren't you two lucky to have found each other!
Posted 02/18/2014 09:13 AM
he is definitely a keeper, Jayne!
Posted 02/18/2014 08:38 AM
Donna Pflueger:
The truth of a marriage flows easily. Well done - so many years summarized so honestly with love in every line. Thank you Jose and thank you Jayne for sharing this poem.
Posted 02/18/2014 08:13 AM
Posted 02/18/2014 08:01 AM
Jayne, You should be so proud to have helped create such a fine poet! Lovely tribute to a marriage well lived!!! A mighty fine poem as well!
Posted 02/18/2014 08:01 AM
Ross Kightly:
P.S. I LOVE the tectonic plates!
Posted 02/18/2014 04:09 AM
Ross Kightly:
You never know, Jose, when the Poetry Bug is going to find a vulnerable spot and BITE! Looks like you're good and bit, Old Chap! Keep it going, don't ease off now! How this poem makes me experience again the joy of kids who are good at stuff! Thank you both.
Posted 02/18/2014 04:08 AM

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