Marriage is a leap of faith isn’t it? We can never “know” for sure if the one we choose to marry
will be our partner for life or not. Will we be happy?
Marriage along with other relationship topics are written beautifully in Jeanie Greensfelder’s newest book, Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith.
Jeanie has graciously offered to share one of her poems with us — hope you enjoy!
Looking At My Man
Suited and tied, he beams when I greet him
for the first time at my door–a blind date.
In the ’70’s, he’s shocked when I suggest sex before marriage.
I call him a square and, fully dressed, he dives into a swimming pool.
He wakes me with a kiss and laughs when I suggest a door-to-door service.
A guy’s guy, he shouts at the television when the linebacker scores
To surpise me, he peeks around corners or shows up on all fours.
He wants his kids to feel free from the agendas he had.
A grandfather, he shares camp stories to amuse and to show his flaws.
Skilled at cards, he shoots the moon in Hearts and grins with each win.
At night this Superman fades. His eyes close. He snores from his chair.
Jeanie Greenfelder is the author of a poetry memoir, Biting the Apple, Penciled In, 2012. She won the Lillian Dean Poetry Award, 2013. Her poems have been published in American Life in Poetry, in forthcoming anthologies: Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems and 30 Years of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival; in journals: Askew, Orbis, Echoes, Grand, Kaleidoscope, Porter Gulch Review, Poetic Medicine Journal, Riptide, Falling Star, and If & When. A psychologist, she seeks to understand herself and others on this shared journey, filled, as Joseph Campbell wrote, with sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.