The Wedding Promise...  "in sickness and in health"

The Wedding Promise... "in sickness and in health"

A Poem by Tabby Mac

MY first collaboration. This is Part 2 of A Walk On The Beach by KCthelastboyscout. Check it out!! Thank you KC for talking me into it! It was fun!! Collaboration: KCthelastboyscout and Tabby Mac


In a moment of clarity she 

bravely explains her love for him invariably…

My love,

The time has come…

As you might know.

That my mind… has started to go…


Her eyes meet his…

You've loved me well over our years together.

We have made it through rough and stormy weather.

This news of dementia I fear might be too much…

To expect you to be faithful and such.

Our vows said through sickness and in health…

But this is to deny yourself…

I see the love in your eyes,

A love that is disguised…

I want you to be free, 

to live life without me…

For in my condition…


Of course this is my rendition.

I will forget you.

I will change…

I can't…believe I'm having this exchange.

Wet face…

As much as I fear I'll be alone…

I want you to be happy at home.

Hands grasped…

Leave me, my dear…

Please, Leave me here…

After she speaks, he looks at her tenderly, as his anxieties relax in her humility...

My love,

I could never leave.

I have acted selfishly.

Voice cracking.

I sensed something wasn't right.

And I allowed myself to drift in the night.

After all these years I started to have fears.

I didn't know how...

to switch gears.

We have our routine.

Looking down…hands wringing.

Dementia…I mean…

We don't know what to expect, and I'm not alone yet…

But, I'm afraid that without you I'll…


We just lost touch, and it was getting to be too much.

Why are you so amazing?


Eyes meet.

Filled with defeat.

Tears falling.

You are my moon. 

The one I just had to marry, 

you made me swoon.

Can I hold you tonight?

Let's reunite.

Allow me to make everything right.

I don't know what is coming, 

it's all so mind numbing.

Touching her cheek.

He can see she is weak.

We will take it day by day.

I can say...

I'll never leave you…

 I promise…

I do.

© 2017 Tabby Mac

Author's Note

Tabby Mac

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This is one of the most original pieces about dementia that I've read. Many take a similar approach, but yours is fresh & unique, but also very relatable. Good use of non-structured rhyme & playing with similar word sounds. I love the way this has one person speaking for a long time, then the other person speaks -- the two sides go together well (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago

Tabby Mac

9 Months Ago

Thank you Margie! I appreciate your encouragement and hugs! Grateful,
A real tear-jerker if ever I read one, so powerful and profound in essence, it brings a tear to even this rough and ready, middle aged man's eyes and trust me, that takes some doing!!

Kudos and bravo !

Congratulations to you both, I think you have complimented each other's style, thinking, and worked so brilliantly together to pen a real gem here! An emotive and somewhat controversial topic for some but you both nailed it so perfectly...True love shall overcome all adversity!!

Posted 9 Months Ago

Tabby Mac

9 Months Ago

Thank you Tom! KC was the brains behind this one for sure! A very difficult write for me as far as e.. read more

9 Months Ago

Yes Tabby, none of no what the future holds for us, perhaps it's as well we don't know, a beautiful .. read more
Tabby - this is such an outstanding expression of love. Thank you so much for sharing.

I have often thought along those lines and I wrote A Lifetime that I posted here.

Take care - Dave

Posted 11 Months Ago

Tabby Mac

11 Months Ago

Wow, thank you Dave! I shall pop over and read it! Thank you for stopping by and for such a lovely r.. read more

11 Months Ago

You are much more than deserving of a lovely review.
Take care - Dave
Wow, I'm lost for words. This is really amazing. Awesome Job Tabby.

Posted 11 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tabby Mac

11 Months Ago

Wow!! Thank you so much!! So glad KC asked me to do this!

11 Months Ago

:) Keep it up you guys are doing so well
This poem gave me tears! What emotion and feeling. You each did a stupendous job as always but brought together this very real life tragedy and gave it meaning. Never take a moment for granted, live it and live it well! Cheers to you both!

Posted 11 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tabby Mac

11 Months Ago

Thank you!! I'm glad you like it! We appreciate the encouragement!
Wow! Really great poem and very emotional! The word choice is amazing! Great job, this is a beautiful poem.

Posted 11 Months Ago

Tabby Mac

11 Months Ago

Thank you very much! It was KC's idea.
This was like....WOW!
There is so, so much emotion in this poem and it brings the reader to become emotionally involved too. The words are simple, but yet I found myself myself being wrapped up in such a powerful piece. Its not all that often which something comes along and I take every word in and think to myself - that's touching...very touching. This is beautifully written and it just goes to show what talent you have and ALWAYS had. You have crafted your words in such a way, that a round of applause is due *clap* *clap* *clap*

To sum it up, this is stunningly put together and I am so in awe at what you have achieved. When I first started reading your work, I was impressed. You are now showcasing just how far you have come with your writing. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.

This work is exceptional.


Posted 1 Year Ago

Tabby Mac

1 Year Ago

Awe Mark!! You are going to make me cry!! Thank you for that AMAZING review! Truly thank you!
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1 Year Ago

My absolute pleasure to have read it.
YOU ARE SO GOOD AT THESE POEMS. I will NEVER be able to.. read more
Aww😍 such love!
This poem is so, so beautifuly touching *smiles* there hardly are emotional poems these days that literally make a reader, both smile and sob and weep, yours did☺ I'm kinda still shedding tears on how said, emotional, yet a lovely piece it was!
Love like the ones you've portrayed here is the purest, and it needs a skilled writer to make the reader feelnsuch emotions so well....Thankyou for writing and sharing this piece dear Tabby, You may not know what a wonderful Masterpiece you both have crafted by you collobration with KC.I heartily thank and congratulate you both.

Very well done!☺


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

You're most welcome!😊
Pleasure, reviewing this piece ,Tabby...And KC did a great job insis.. read more
Tabby Mac

1 Year Ago

Thank you SOOOOO much!! I am honored you stopped by!

1 Year Ago

You're most welcome! 😊

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Added on July 19, 2017
Last Updated on July 21, 2017
Tags: dementia, marriage, love, change, illness


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