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This Ring of Ours
James Keane


that I wear everywhere
could slip from my finger
at the slightest pull. What
keeps it in place

is my love for you. May love
ever brighten your face.
Your love for me
I wear everywhere

for everyone to see. May it
radiate from me
at the slightest pull.
May it stay forever

in place. Embraced
by my love for you.

Anchored in love
for as long as we live

with this ring of ours.

This poem first appeared in Verse-Virtual.
Used here with permission.

James Keane lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Barbara Jean, son, Nicolas, and a menagerie of merry pets. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English Literature at Georgetown University, spent many years working in publishing, public relations, and advertising, is the author of two chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in a wide assortment of journals and anthologies. In March of 2022, James and his brothers spent ten wonderful days in Italy, starting in Milan, where they lived 60 years ago, then traveling by speed trains to Venice and Rome. He hopes to return to Italy someday (especially Venice!) with his wife and son.



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Thank you for your kind words. I actually wrote this as our fourth wedding anniversary was fast approaching. I was stumped for inspiration until I found that my wedding ring came off very easily. Too easily, actually. But all's well, etc. Next year we will be celebrating our fortieth. Thanks again.
Posted 02/13/2024 09:25 AM
Beautiful love poem, James!
Posted 02/12/2024 04:40 PM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the line, "What/keeps it in place/is my love for you."
Posted 02/12/2024 01:50 PM
My arthritis means that now I wear my wedding and engagement rings on my pinky finger instead of my ring finger. But I can still wear them, at least for now. Once that no longer works, I will put them on a necklace and wear them next to my heart.
Posted 02/12/2024 01:24 PM
When my wife died, she was incinerated and the ring removed from her hand. When it will be my turn, I'll also be incinerated. So I gave instructions to my children to have both rings tied together forever
Posted 02/12/2024 12:46 PM
Tom Sharpe:
Worried off before a leg repair, mine wouldnt go back over arthritic joint. My lovely wife keeps mine.
Posted 02/12/2024 10:24 AM
My hand swelled from an injury, and I had to have the wedding ring removed. It has never gone back on and my wife is keeping it safe.
Posted 02/12/2024 09:34 AM

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