What’s Yours is Mine. . .
(A 21st Century Cautionary Tale)
(For Heather & Richard, 11 July 2004)
Dearest beloved, I’ve pledged you my troth;
By law we are man and wife – you and me both;
My significant other, my husband, my mate:
Did you study the small print when you set the date?
It is stated in writing that what’s yours is mine,
And that part of the pact’s fundamentally fine;
But I’ve added a footnote within the next clause –
Just to clear up the part that says “what’s mine is yours”.
Well, it’s not quite that simple – I’m sure you’ll agree;
To pool one’s possessions and share equally.
So it is written – so let it be known,
That what’s yours is mine – and what’s mine is my own.
Now of course, there’s exception to this regulation;
There’s something I’ll give you without disputation.
Of all that I own, it is worth more by far
Than your iPod, your tripod, your house, or your car.
For richer for poorer, you’ve told me “I will”;
So, I willingly give you my credit card bill.