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by Norman
Rated: E · Poetry · Romance/Love · #2192518
I planned it out in detail - what could go wrong?
I planned it out in detail
So nothing could go wrong
I looked at every side of it
It took so very long

I thought that I was ready
Every detail was in place
I took my own sweet time with it
I didn’t want to race

I wrote it out in longhand
And memorized each line
I knew I had just one shot
This time the prize was mine

We met that night for dinner
I wore my neatest shirt
We both had steak and salad
And ice cream for dessert

And then the time was ready
I got down on one knee
I held the ring up for her
It was a sight to see

The diamond was two carats
The band was solid gold
Oh yes, it was a beauty
A treasure to behold

And that’s when things got ugly
I guess it was my fault
I called her by my ex-wife’s name
That brought things to a halt

It’s such a touchy subject
It has been for a while
And then I went and made it worse
I gave her a sick smile

I tried to say I’m sorry
It was just a little slip
That’s when she turned to walk away
You should have seen her trip

She went down in a tumble
She took the waiter too
His hands were fully loaded
The food and dishes flew

She lay there in a tumble
Spaghetti on her face
Her skirt was up around her hips
The furthest thing from grace

One meatball landed in my lap
One on the table too
The customers all stared at us
They didn’t know what to do

She finally pulled her skirt down
And scurried to her feet
Her face was pretty red by then
Just like the proverbial beet

And then a strange thing happened
It took me by surprise
She couldn’t stop from laughing
As tears rolled from her eyes

She hugged me and she kissed me
While I was still in shock
I couldn’t move a muscle
I stood there like a rock

I once more said I’m sorry
And would she be my wife
I said she was the only one
I wanted in my life

She said that made her happy
And then she answered yes
That’s when I saw the ring was gone
It got lost in that mess

We looked under the table
And crawled about the floor
We couldn’t find it anywhere
It was gone forever more

The ring had somehow vanished
‘Twas never to return
Would like to see the snatcher’s face
When he did finally learn

That ring was just a sample
Of the one to later come
The real one with the diamond
That cost a princely sum

We married in December
She was the cutest bride
And we still laugh about the day
Our romance almost died

And every year thereafter
We always celebrate
With meatballs and spaghetti
On our anniversary date
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