Anniversary Surprise


For our twenty fifth anniversary
I took my wife to Spain.
That I truly love my wife
Certainly must be very plain.

For our fiftieth anniversary
I have plans for doing better.
To surprise my lovely wife,
I’m going back to Spain to get her.


One thing that makes a humorous poem funny is a surprise ending. Comedians have known that for centuries. In Anniversary Surprise, I guess that the surprise is that the husband comes out alive. In the Air Force I had a job that required me to travel all over the world. I am now perfectly content to stay home with only a daily trip to the mail box (about three tenths of a mile). Ruth, on the other hand, would still like to move to another state or country every two years or so like we did in the Air Force. Maybe that’s where the idea for this poem came from. Just kidding!

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