A Voice

A Voice

A Poem by Allen Smuckler

We all can hear ... if we listen


So we celebrate,

not me today,

but you … you

who has been with

me on this journey

for some 

seventy years.

         a testament

         a statement

no matter

         our political views

         our way of life

         our diversities

         our similarities


I murmur … you whisper,

in the distance 

A sultry voice,

with soft instincts at times,

an anguished scowl at others.


My conscience exhales …


         I know, 

I exist because of you,

you because of me.

We’ve always known

we would be one 

and the same.


just never knew …

we’d last this long.




© 2021 Allen Smuckler

Author's Note

Allen Smuckler
It appears, this poem is being misinterpreted... normally, there is no right or wrong interpretation... It is in the eyes and ears of the reader... However, I am 72 years old. I would love for you to reread it... and if you still think I'm talking about marriage...then so be it.Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.

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I do understand this poem my friend. My poor wife had accepted me for 30 years.
"just never knew …
we’d last this long."
Thank you Allen for sharing the amazing poetry.

Posted 5 Months Ago

Simply put...this is a beautifully written poem and testament to a bond that can't be broken.

Posted 5 Months Ago

Allen Smuckler

5 Months Ago

Thank you Relic...much appreciated.
I murmur … you whisper,

in the distance

"A sultry voice,

with soft instincts at times,

an anguished scowl at others."

Posted 6 Months Ago

Well, happy birthday Allen. May you live long and outlive the song.
Beautiful, touching lines with how the author sees now looking at his past.

Posted 6 Months Ago

Simply amazing Allen, My parents were married 12 years and then my father passed away.

Posted 6 Months Ago

I am gobsmacked with the seventy years . . . I had to reread that to make sure I got that right. This poem is amazingly brief for seventy years worth of things you could say. Was it Hemingway who apologized for being verbose but he didn't have enough time to express himself succinctly? In other words, it's highly impressive to be able to sum it up in such a fulsome yet concise way. You let this story tell itself & your story has the creds to smash expectations! (((HUGS)))

Posted 6 Months Ago

wow this struck a nerve with me....my parents were married 70 years...longevity, sticktuitiveness

amazing...but we do last....and once we write, and engage the muse...she is pretty faithful as well.
Caring for each other...a lost art....we are so out for ourselves.

Posted 6 Months Ago

I like this poem of yours Allen. I feel many can learn an enormous lesson from these words. Especially in today's society. We should all strive to care for one another this way. Nice work.

Posted 6 Months Ago

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Added on November 17, 2021
Last Updated on November 18, 2021


Allen Smuckler
Allen Smuckler

Sarasota, FL

I'm a poet, a singer, a peaceful gunslinger.. looking to share my poetry..and a little bit of me...if I dare I 've been writing since I was 18.... am slightly older now, and still trying to fin.. more..


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