To my first wife:
Just past teens when hitched
by my uncle priest. You, the
oldest of nine brothers
on a tobacco farm, had
a knack for being the boss
and I, an emergent slug
from six years of seminary, had
a knack for following holy orders.
The early days like dressing 
on a salad, trying out different
flavors until we settled
on log cabin in the wilderness
with two babies (boys of course).
What words could describe how
we survived the blizzard of ‘78?
After that there was lots of thunder
blunder and a flashy rain that washed
away what we had.

Easy now to account for 2 decades
with a sentence or two. We’re country
neighbors and tip our heads when
we pass on the road.