I Am Loved

Sixteen years ago today, Sherry and I stood before a Justice of the Peace in Austin, Texas, grinning like teenagers and saying the words, “I do.” I won’t lie to you, it hasn’t all been roses and sunshine, but most of that can be attributed to me and a stubborn streak that clings to me like palm fronds in a hurricane. Fortunately, for me, Sherry has been able to weather the storms. I am, as the title of this poem says, loved, and I am truly blessed, as well. Thank you, Sherry, for putting up with me and loving me far more than I deserve.

I Am Loved


We were brought together

At the midpoint of our lives

Or so it might be

Who can know the number of our days


Sent He you on that day

In blue, complete with a sign

A smile to cast a glow upon it

Telling me you were the one


And as we sit now side by side

Dozing on this hot afternoon

I wonder should we sleep

Might we awake in heaven


Only minutes have passed

And as my eyes slowly open

They meet yours, so full of love

My heart swells with wonder… I am loved


Copyright © 2011 C. Mashburn

Submitted to Gooseberry Garden’s week #4 Poetry Picnic



  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    You may not be perfect, but you are perfect for me!! You have brought me more happiness than I ever thought possible. I love you!

  2. Mom said

    I am so glad Sherry was a part of God’s plan for your life, I love her and you both very much.

  3. Cheri said

    Sherry truly was the perfect blessing for you!! and i know you have been a blessing for her also..i love you both–thank you for sharing this important day with us!!

  4. Happy Anniversary, you rock.

    well deserved marriage, you, your wife, and your parents are all blessed.

    • Thank you so much for the visit and wonderful comments! I appreciate them and you very much!

  5. Jingle said

    enjoy a blissful day!


  6. Ankoku Hikaru said

    Beutifully written, well done. ^^

  7. So nice to be loved in this way!

  8. That is truly beautiful. I am so glad you found each other. When love has turned to friendship we are given a twice-blessed gift.

    • We were friends right from the start, Donna!
      Thanks for the visit and nice comments!

  9. booguloo said

    That is a great feeling. You are blessed.

  10. terri0729 said

    Absolutely marvelous, Charles! I too am loved though I don’t deserve it. God has a way of doing that, doesn’t He?! I truly enjoyed this very much. I love nothing better than to write poems about my husband Mark! Blessings upon you both, Terri

    • He certainly does, Terri! And I think it is a true blessing to be able to bless those we love with beautiful words we write.
      Thank you very much for the visit and the wonderful comments and wishes!

  11. Charles, I was already deeply touched by your introduction, well set up for what was to come. Your poem is beautiful.

    The part about being afraid to sleep, lest you might awake in heaven, and then opening your eyes to see your wife’s loving gaze is probably my favorite part.

    The sense of wonder and the feelings of cherishing and being cherished are well recorded throughout.

    • I have awoke to that loving gaze so many times in the last sixteen years, Elaine, and it still fills me with wonder. This poem was written last Sunday, after one of those times.
      Thank you so much for your visit and your awesome comments!

  12. Lovely poem! Happy anniversary!

    • Thank you for the compliment and the anniversary wishes, Madeleine. Both are much appreciated!

  13. Larry said

    What a beautiful tribute to your wife. Very well constructed.


  14. awww! you both are so blessed to have found love and maintained it. AWESOME!!!!

  15. Rosie Gan said

    You’e both a shining example to those who would want to express their love after so many years of wedlock, but are afraid to. And you are blessed. Happy anniversary, to you and Sherry. May the years to come draw you even closer.

    • Thank you very much for these wonderful sentiments and well wishes, Rosie. We are, indeed, looking forward to many more wonderful years together.

  16. Faye said

    These words may be a little late but “Happy Anniversary”. It hink since you have been married 16 years that you both need to celebrate in one way or other – 16 days. 🙂 You are perfect for each other! May God continue to bless both you of together and individually!

  17. Faye said

    I say – Go for it!

  18. Kay Salady said

    I love your poem and I love that you’re loved. God bless you both!

  19. Lisa said

    Truly beautiful. Everyone should be so lucky to have such love.

  20. kirti said

    wow this is such a lovely lovely poem!!

  21. Dennis Go said

    Such a sweet piece!

  22. Pat Cegan said

    Lovely. By the way, if we only got the love we deserved, most of us would not get much. Blessing for you both. hugs, pat

    • I’m glad that’s not how it works!
      Thanks, Pat. Your visits and comments are always enjoyed!

  23. hobgoblin2011 said

    Charles, thanks for sharing this write, and the preface as well. I always appreciate when others, especially those poetically inclined, allow readers a glimpse into their own worlds. Really nice piece

    • Thanks for the kind words. I am pretty much an open book with my writing. Naturally i hold some things within, but much of my life is in my words.
      Thanks for the wonderful visit!

  24. Love your poem it has so much meaning to anyone who reads it , Thanks for sharing it. bev.
    We all want to be loved in some way….

    • Thanks, Bev! I’m glad you stopped by and read it. Appreciate the comments, too! I hope y’all are doing well!

  25. A wonderful poem…especially the last stanza.

  26. Seabell said

    Just beautiful…

  27. chimnese said

    that must be the best feeling knowing that you are loved in return…..

  28. charming sentiments.
    bless your marriage.
    glad to see you in live and being loved.

  29. pure2core said

    superb… really amazing enjoyed…nice feeling ..Thanks for share…

  30. Padmavani said

    How absolutely beautiful and tender. To be loved despite ourselves…A blessing indeed!


    • Yep, that’s me. I’m a lucky guy!
      Thanks for the visit and wonderful comments!

  31. edpilolla said

    you set a wise and magical mood here that is just awash in beauty. thank you:)

  32. gomagoti said

    aw,this is very sweet 🙂

  33. The two of you are truely blessed to have found eachother.

    A beautiful piece and brilliantly written piece as I have come to expect from you Charles.

    Well done mate – have learnt a lot from your work

    • I agree! We are blessed!
      Thank you for the awesome comment/compliment, Leon.
      I appreciate them very much!

  34. Lovely, personal and wonderful that two people can be so in love. Warms the heart! 🙂

  35. Just Beautiful.

  36. When love can be seen, felt, and heard,
    It’s so much more than a word,
    And when two lives are so intertwined,
    Blessings are easy to find.
    Charles, your poem is beautiful and right for your beautiful lady.

  37. Your poem touches the heart and it is so good that you are loved

  38. Andy said

    Hello Charles.
    I think you’ve read enough of my poems to know I’m all about love. It’s what feeds my soul and my existence. For me, having a beautiful wife by my side makes life that more special, especially when I am burdened with the trials & tribulations that come with this life.

    Like you said in the poem, things are not always a bed of roses, but you know that no matter what, you can depend on Sherry. You are most fortunate to have her in your life as is she to have you. There’s no better feeling of joy to give love and be loved in return.

    Belated congratulations to you both and may you continue to enjoy many more wonderful years together.

    Thanks for sharing such a personal poem & for the heartfelt comments on my entry.

    Best wishes, my friend.

    The Tenderness In Lovely You

    • Yes, Andy, I’ve read a lot of your poems, and I always look forward to them. I’ve written many poems for Sherry, and in yours I see the same kind of love I try to express when I write for her. You have a much different style than mine, but I think we both pour our hearts out onto the page when we write.
      Thank you for the wonderful comments!

  39. lolamouse said

    You’re so romantic, and you’re both very lucky.

    • Aw, shucks, ma’am… it weren’t nothin.
      Thanks, Lola! Wonderful comments!

  40. Jaymie said

    Wonderful sentiment from a poet that has already glimpsed heaven. Wishing special blessings on a loving relationship.

  41. Very sweet.. Happy Anniversary!

  42. Lovely poem 🙂 !

  43. Janrae Mendoza said

    wow nice ad lovely poem. glad to be here…

  44. Beautiful. You are so blessed to have such a relationship. Great poem, best wishes.
    The Lonely Recluse.

  45. Usha Dawn said

    Amazing picture you have taken out or shown us about the love and the relationship … 🙂 beautiful!!!

    Keep up the good work

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