40 Years

On the 8th January 1977
a lucky man called Steve thought
he’d died and gone to heaven,
as he heard the words “I do”
from his young love called Helen.

Yet as she shone in her dress
who would have guessed
that she’d grow to love all things tacky,
and set him countless chores
like a kind of DIY lackey.

Lucky for Steve, he loved DIY!
Yet he wasn’t always great at it,
the clumsy old guy…
Like when he tried to paint the landing
and poured the whole tin on himself.
If you gave that man a drill,
he’d be a danger to his health!

Together they’ve seen it all,
from dawn to nightfall:
There’s been laughter and smiles
and a host of hairstyles.
They’ve got a gorgeous family
in Amy and Nicki
and, leaving the best ’til last,
the handsome chap Archie.

Helen and Steve’s happy journey
is nowhere near its end,
and like a car getting smoother
going up its gears,
so will this couple’s love
just like the first 40 years.

© Carl Burkitt 2017

Brief by Amy Burkitt: “Looking for a present for Mum and Dad’s 40th Anniversary. Dad loves DIY, Mum likes anything tacky. They love our dog Archie. Maybe more than me and my sister Nicki!”

This piece was written as a part of a fundraising project for Rethink Mental Illness, where I’m inviting people to set me any writing brief in exchange for donations.

Read all of the details here and if you’d like to get involved, email ca.burkitt@gmail.com or Tweet @CarlBurkitt!

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