Twenty-Eight and a Half

For my wife’s birthday:

Twenty-Eight and a Half

Wife and mother treasured far
Above all else, for who you are;
We celebrate another stage
In your ripe and youthful age,

Whereupon we share in cake,
Perhaps food served you as you wake
(If circumstances will allow),
In any case to show you how

Much we wish you all the best
And hope you can at least find rest
In what we try to do for you
(should our plans go off askew).

Your efforts we appreciate
And when you let us stay up late
We’ll try not to antagonize
Provide you with a nice surprise

And Let you know you’re loved and valued just the way you are.

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A Prime Wife

For my wife’s birthday:

A Prime Wife
 
How fitting that a prime number of years you are today;
For a prime wife and mother you have been in every way.
Sister, too, and daughter, all these many roles you bless;
Without you here all of our lives would be worth so much less.
 
My words fall short of all I owe you for your kindness shown
Your love and grace to see my flaws, yet take me as your own,
Far more than that, to give yourself to me and me alone,
My horizons broadened, and how my heart has grown.
 
Let us shower you today with joys both earned and given
In some small part to repay all the good for which you’ve striven
May baby grins and giggles add to this enchanted day
As we try to create a time when things will go your way.
 
So revel in your well-earned rest and heartfelt wishes, too;
Soak in the love that reflects all that you have shown so true.
We’re blessed to all have known you, and more than that it seems
You’re so much more and better than the woman of my dreams.