They say

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - By NANCE BUR­NETT

THEY say the first twelve months are the best to bear

But lov­ing looks turn hate­ful when tem­pers flare.

They say the first five years are so rough. Take care

As all the rough sides smoothly from fric­tion wear

Or break, the end then near for di­vorce or farce.

True love means much til the shat­tered glass

Of adul­tery’s gnaw­ing itch of the sev­enth year

When all but stead­fast stray, is the time to fear.

We say that, new like shoes, a mar­riage can burn

But ev­ery year proves bet­ter, we love and learn.

We say, with ten years’ love and fidelity:

Our mar­riage, like old shoes, is what com­fort can be.

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