HAJ (21 may 1965 / kuwait)

I Do, I Will, I Have

How wise I am to have instructed the butler
to instruct the first footman to instruct the second
footman to instruct the doorman to order my carriage;
I am about to volunteer a definition of marriage.
Just as I know that there are two Hagens, Walter and Copen,
I know that marriage is a legal and religious alliance entered
into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut and a
woman who can't sleep with the window open.
Moreover, just as I am unsure of the difference between
flora and fauna and flotsam and jetsam,
I am quite sure that marriage is the alliance of two people
one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other
never forgetsam,
And he refuses to believe there is a leak in the water pipe or
the gas pipe and she is convinced she is about to asphyxiate
or drown,
And she says Quick get up and get my hairbrushes off the
windowsill, it's raining in, and he replies Oh they're all right,

it's only raining straight down.
That is why marriage is so much more interesting than divorce,
Because it's the only known example of the happy meeting of
the immovable object and the irresistible force.
So I hope husbands and wives will continue to debate and
combat over everything debatable and combatable,
Because I believe a little incompatibility is the spice of life,
particularly if he has income and she is pattable.

by Ogden Nash

Comments (21)

The poem written with crimson blood, so pain and so hurt....literally and heartfelt...That's mean you have power in your hand that make your poem so real for readers...anyway i wish all the best for her for one day she will find the glory day and win over sadness..peace! Salam_Unwritten Soul
a typical poem to describe how our pains are incarcerated within our hearts..it does not take us much time to express our emotions provided we dropp our shyness or ego or anything that stops us.
Silent pains lead to rage and depression, it's better to express them in any way or another. Sport is one outlet, poetry is another. Both serve to release the pain and calm the beating heart... I invite you to read 'A poetess wrath', you'll see how a woman releases her pain and her rage. Good write.
there are pains that are better kept sient, without knowing what it is, i feel the pain too.this is the best way it can be expressed, the massage is great!
There's a great message behind this poem.. i enjoyed reading it very much. great work!
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