After a marriage of 46 years and counting, no doubt till death us do part, I’ll try to respond to your challenging poem with its amusing ironic touch. The best answer I am able to offer, can be found in one of the most beautiful songs I know.

It has been adapted by an equally famous (in my country and in Germany) artist with the name Herman van Veen. In his translation one sentence stands out: ‘if a love can last so long, it must be true love’. A hypothesis, only to prove after the fact. True love is a process. And, sadly, even true love can be damaged or destroyed by the sickness that is called infatuation. I know several couples that were seen as the prime example of true love, breaking up after someone else intruded. It takes two to tango.

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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