It's been a year since you "I do-ed"
and made your marriage bed.
And so let's test what you've achieved
as veteran newlyweds.
When tempted to assert your way
and disregard the other,
did you give in or choose to serve
the wishes of your lover?
Did you carve out a time each week
to have a special date?
Did you attempt to say each day
"I love you" to your mate?
When romance bowed to life's demands
and passion's flame grew dim,
did you remember feelings fade
but will return again?
Did you take walks while holding hands
and stop to smell a rose?
Did you encourage talks with God
and books by which faith grows?
When stress at work refused to stay
and followed you back home,
did you confess your inner angst
or face it all alone?
When anger raised its ugly head
resulting in a fight,
did you resolve to talk it through
before you said "good night?"
Did you find unexpected ways
to celebrate your spouse?
Like secret notes or weekend trips
or tidying the house?
When income and expenses clashed,
how did you two behave?
Did you ignore the bottom line
or did you start to save?
Did you rehearse the day each night
before you fell asleep?
And did you both together pray
the Lord your souls to keep?
Well, there it is. A lovers' quiz.
A test of what you vowed.
Are you dismayed by how you scored?
I'm hoping that you're proud.
* this lovers' quiz is dedicated to my daughter Allison and her husband Tim who were married a year ago this week.
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Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.
Servants of the Most High God
A tribute to hospice nurses
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/17/13
The Missing Have Been Found
A decade-long search has paid off; PLUS, The Time Has Come to Walk
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/10/13
It Doesn't Take a Wizard
Putting Jason Collins' "coming out" in perspective
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/3/13
I Have the Right to Bear Arms
The question is do you?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/26/13
The Boston Marathon Redefined
Attempting to make sense of the madness; PLUS, Remembering Pat Summerall
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/19/13
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright
Has he mastered his mistress urge?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/12/13
God, Bless America Again
Our beloved nation is in real trouble
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/5/13
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