To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ogden Nash's poem A Word To Husbands


  1. C D Aaron says:

    I am pretty sure that the original version reads “…love in it’s loving cup”

    • American Poems says:

      As far as I have been able to ascertain the original does read “love in the loving cup”. That’s subtly different to “its loving cup”, but wouldn’t really change the meaning of the poem.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This poem is Funny!

    • My wife Carolyn Ann Emilie Slott lomm
      Emilie Eileen, Carolyn, Slott, lomm
      We were to stay together, and split us up we don’t want that we wanna stay together permanently we not want my my mother to do that we want to have our own life oh family and we want that I don’t want anything to come and clean that up with us up. We don’t want that we wanna stay together unless you can help us out with that please I want you to happen. I don’t want anyone like my mother but the only thing you need to know when I also want you to put my iPad and my phone permanently cut the power to my wife please my wife also told me that if anyone has a problem with that they will take the back set Anthony have to put down our foot don’t want anyone to be in our lives at all that’s what we want we want to see you my mother oh my sister no one sees it Can you please make this happen for us and make it a permanently and final for us please thank you.

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