The Engagement Poem / by Michael Durr

'Twas the week before Thanksgiving, when all through my house Not a creature was stirring, except for my mouse;

The inbox was empty and who knew what you’d like,

So, I wrote what I wrote... Hi, I’m Mike.

It seemed to work when you agreed to meet,

Who knew if you were real or perhaps a creep;

And you with your haircut and I in my cap,

We just sat down for a long winter's chat.

The date went well, or so it seemed,

It was cozy and fun with you and the team.

Away to Old Blue I flew like a flash,

Popped open the door and drove real fast.

Weeks went by and we continued to date.

The third was fun, with your future roommate,

A short time later, as I continue to rhyme,

How ‘bout Cancun with some friends of mine?

More time had passed, a big day was essential,

A Facebook change made it official.

Among my friends you grew rapidly with fame,

They whistled, and shouted, and called out your name;

"First, Kristie! then Shannon! now, ®Calvin and Steve!

Then, Jimmy! then James! and, Glen and Stark-y!

From spring into summer we were birds of a feather!

We flew away! drove away! biked away together!

I met your family and did not flee,

Who knew that summer I’d learn to ski?

We awoke to a text not sure what it said,

It was Heaven spelled backward and back to bed;

It was that time of year and things were new,

The holidays were approaching and a turkey, too.

And then, in a moment, it all felt right.

Despite the outcome of each little fight.

As I looked in my head, not sure what I found,

How did I exist without you around?

As I sat on the couch with a display of love,

Who knew I’d be kidnapped and taken above?

A time of change was in the works,

You had my back, and showed me the perks.

Times were rough for D-Rose’s knee,

Even harder to stomach from Washington DC!

Brunches and grilling and babies arriving.

A summer to remember and you were driving;

Two tent parties in and still going strong,

I wonder who Cody will bring along?

We were busy as bees and spreading the wealth,

Wondering when we’d have time to ourself;

The planning began, a week for us,

We took off for the coast, wine country... or bust!

Returning home and tossing my floss,

Lounging around and watching Cake Boss;

A road trip in store with a secret plan,

A stop for permission was even at hand;

A couple years later and I’m at your door,

My lucky stars, I couldn’t ask for more!

No doubt this is right and you’ve changed my life,

"Merry Christmas to you, my future wife.