26 November 2016, Melbourne, Australia
THE ONE I WED
(Christine’s poem about Mick)
The one I wed is pretty cool -
yeah the ego’s healthy, but he isn’t a fool
he’s the smartest man I’ve ever met
and yet, its almost daily that he’ll forget
Where he’s left his phone, his sunnies or keys
and always past the hour he’s due to leave
but by now I know how it goes, this plot
the thing is wherever he swears it is not
But I love him still, this Mick of ours
notwithstanding his love of bogan cars
when I pictured my wedding as a little kid
I never imagined having photos on a Monaro rig
And there you have it, his irresistible charm
it can change my mind and twist my arm
EG – going camping in 8 month pregnant form
car is bogged, there’s a massive sandstorm
Mick,”I better drive babe, it’s gonna be hard to steer”
Me: “ok babe I’ll just push at the rear”!
And push I did:
For it seems my love has no bounds
for this gorgeous man; and his love of sounds
yes sounds of all sorts as long as they’re LOUD
when Mick watches TV, it is heard in McLeod.
And despite being half deaf he does love his tunes
from 8os electronica to those Nine Inch Nail goons
and the dreaded Hot Chip –will that ever stop?
Unfortunately for me, apparently not.
But his passion for music is what’s been his drive
to pick up guitar post 35
and practice the skin off his fingers no less
to ensure that tonight you guys won’t rest…
But more of that later let’s get back to the dude
who stokes my love fire and brightens my mood…
He’s a renaissance man – he can do it all
Helm a Sydney to Hobart yacht through a deathly squall
Become an expert in the field of legal innovation
give lectures at conferences on digitization -
whatever that means – people think he’s a star
and no doubt they’re right - but they don’t know how far
he has come since wagging every Wednesday arvo
for twilight sailing in Sydney Harbour…
He runs, play tennis and is accomplished at art
Nothing’s unachievable for this nearly old fart.
But for me without doubt, his greatest skill
is his commitment to family with passion and zeal.
As husband and father his equal is none
(and I’ve consulted on this with his daughter and sons):
He’s a patient dad and always fun
He’s even taught them chess and only most times won,
He’s upright and moral and he makes me so proud,
He’s kind and supportive, even when I’m being a cow.
So happy birthday, Mick, the one that I wed
I know I’ll want for no-one else, ‘til the day I’m dead
SONG: I've Never Been To Me (Christine And Mick)