Shawn L. Bird

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poem-invitation November 14, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:34 am
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Fifty times a day

she invites you

to connect.

“Honey, look at this!”

she says, forwarding an email.

“How was work?”

she asks, leaving her desk.

“Do you have ideas for dinner?”

she ponders in the kitchen.

Every time you grunt,

ignore her,

snarl, or shrug,

you are erasing what matters

most to you.

Every time you smile,

consider, give some time,

answer courteously, and

squeeze her warmly,

you’re drawing a

portrait of your happiness.



This poem is based on this article about an interesting study on relationships!


31 Responses to “poem-invitation”

  1. Cherry Blossom and Poinsettia Says:

    I really liked that

  2. storydivamg Says:

    Hi, Shawn. I liked the first portion, but then you leave the reader hanging at the end. Will you finish the thought? I’d like to see it if you do.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  3. Very nice!

    We shape our relationships,
    As much, if not more
    With what we do not say or do.

    Great post.

  4. […] Poem inspired by Invitation written by Shawn L. Bird […]

  5. lexc13 Says:

    Great poem think you really captured and illustrated the main point of the article.

  6. topazo Says:

    terrific! I love the last line

  7. doncarroll Says:

    that’s wonderful n just downright brings n appetite. ideas for dinner…uhhmm…could go on an on…*LOL*

  8. Always, the small things are the cement of the foundation.

  9. narble Says:

    One of my wedding vows was to NEVER take her for granted. That was 40 years ago. So far, so good. 🙂

  10. macjam47 Says:

    Great advice. If everyone followed this advice there would be fewer divorces.

  11. AC Says:

    I like this because it reminds me of all the opportunities for connection that I have with my wife.

  12. petescribes Says:

    The little things count, I really liked this 🙂

  13. Eva PoeteX Says:

    One word: amazing! 🙂

  14. Lorien Says:

    I have been reading the Gottmans’ book The Seven Principals for Making Marriage Work, which was written years ago. Thanks for sharing this article; it was nice to read their current insights and their vocabulary used for describing successful relationships.

  15. Lorien Says:

    I was also surprised to read that the majority of marriages fail. I thought that at least half were successful. 😦

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