50th Wedding Anniversary Poem - I Do - The finest words ever spoken

Full Name:             Lisa Pogue                                                  

Who do you want the poem written for?: My parents                                                  

Why do you want the poem written ?: To express my heartfelt gratitude for them and to share it with guests when we have their 50th wedding annivesary

Key Messages:          That they are good, solid, loyal parents. Parents who love God, the church and their children.  Their devotion and loyalty to their children are appreciated.  That they are honest with their dealings with others; they don't take sides with anyone. They are, we believe, soul mates. How dad was a good provider; a man of wisdom.  How they taught us to respect our elders and to answer with Yes sir and No sir.  Even though I am a grown woman, I still address them with "Sir" and "mam".  The Bible read to honor thy mother and father.  He taught us morals and values for living.  How they are both loved by others; How my father would and will stand for whats right even if it means standing alone.  How he is a generous man but does not like nor believe in wasting....anything.  He is conservative and that's a good thing although others sometimes don't understand.  

Memorable Moments:     A memorable time was when my sister and I would race to untie and pull of daddy's work boots when he came home from work.  How we all sat at the table together for breakfast on Sunday morning and he would say grace before we ate.  John, the oldest son, almost got left for Church because he was dragging around and Daddy's wouldn't wait for him so he (John) had to run to catch the truck. (that was funny).

Other Comments:        Comments. When we were children, we thought he was too strict.  Now we understand that he just wanted to protect us and steer us to tread on good grounds.  My mother is my friend.  She made most of our clothes. They are both loved dearly by others.  Younger couples would say that they want to be like my parents when they get older.  It is wonderful when two people live their lives in a way that others notice and want to be like that.  It is nothing to brag nor boast about but rather, something to be thankful for; the fact that they can live in harmony and others see it and desire it too.

Style:                 I would prefer a happy but sincere poem.  Something heartfelt.

I Do


There are good and bad parents in this world,

a definition that, at times, is hard to make,

but when you strike really great parents,

well, that simply is the icing on the cake.


So, what defines greatness?

I guess it comes from the very inside,

and I know that I couldn't have picked finer parents,

I couldn't - even if I'd tried.


You see, I have good, solid, loyal parents,

parents who love their God, their church and their own,

and I'm just so very grateful to them,

I'm very thankful for all the love that they've shown.


They've been my inspiration in life,

they've been my guide, my shining light,

they've steered us to tread on good grounds,

and their love has shone so constant and bright.


Their love has shone through their patience,

and at times, I'll admit that I've put that to the test,

their love has shone through their guidance,

and some of their advice has proven to be the very best.


They've always taken the time to talk to us,

for that we thank them with all our hearts,

they have played such a significant role in our lives,

and they've both played a mighty fine parts.


 Dad was always a good provider,

but also he provided his wisdom to share,

he taught us morals and values for living,

and that it was always important to care.



He is actually a very generous man,

but doesn't believe in wasting anything,

conservative in his nature,

always cautious about what tomorrow may bring.


My mother is also my friend,

and I'm so proud to be her daughter,

she has a warm gentle spirit,

she's like streams of free flowing water.


I remember my sister and I racing to untie Daddy's boots,

he'd be tired at the end of his working day,

he would sit back and rest,

and we, of course, would then go out to play.


I remember sitting at breakfast on a Sunday morning,

and naturally, we'd all say Grace,

and I remember John running behind the truck,

you should have seen the look upon his face.


And we have so many happy memories,

too many to be individually told,

but those memories will last many a lifetime,

precious treasures that we'll always hold.


Because, it is simply wonderful when two people live their lives,

in a way that others notice and want to be like that,

it is nothing to brag nor boast about,

but rather, something to be thankful for, and that's a fact.


Because, when soul mates live in harmony,

others see it and desire it too,

and I think the finest words ever spoken,

were fifty years ago - and they were "I do".


Copyright Allen Jesson :) 2002
Lisa kindly replied:
"THANK YOU!  Simply beautiful and so.....true and real. I know without a
doubt that family and friends who know my parents will go "that's the
truth" and, they will also laugh at the funny parts including my siblings.

I'm satisfied.  I'll take this one."  Lisa P.