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May Day

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on the Occasion of the Marriage of Peter and Lauren

I
Lay by a sense of time, in all the works
And days that harvest out your bonds of earth
Under stars that will sift and shift like sparks
Resplendent, ever new as things that birth
Engenders deep within this bloom of May.
Now take again what time’s plenty bestows
And pluck this fifth-month day. Let no decay
Negate the moment. Build instead the rose
Deep as the hottest blessings of the sun:
Proposals are preludes to all the things
Enlightened in the asking. There’s but one
That gives an answer, shaded in songs
Exclaiming May the Sixth, a day in spring
Recalled in time: Lauren and Peter’s song.

II
Exclaiming May the Sixth, a day in spring,
The world has put its ear to earth, a kiss
Recalled in time: Lauren and Peter’s song

Is played with strings that circle squares. We bring
Our bodies to the dance, our souls in place,
Exclaiming May the Sixth, a day in spring.

But which among our million moments ring
The clocks to bring us round and feel the trace
Recalled in time? Lauren and Peter’s song.

The wine is pure, the bread is everything
That calls us to witness what will suffice,
Exclaiming May the Sixth, a day in spring.

The kiss that makes a mutual language sing.
So yours and yours becomes a single space
Recalled in time. Lauren and Peter’s song

Will play on — God bless and earth avow — these strong
And willing partner to a strident grace
Exclaiming May the Sixth, a day in spring
Recalled in time: Lauren and Peter’s song.

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Comments

  1. Broderick Barker says:

    Ooh, strident grace. By “professional,” do you mean you get paid?

    • No, that was the suggestion made by some family member afterwards.

      The way it happened was the newlyweds announced they were going to ignore utensil-tinkled glasses but would respond to a song or a poem (OR A POEM?).

      So they said “poem” but I heard “challenge.”

      The picture below the poem is entitled “Challenge accepted.”

      JOB

  2. Broderick Barker says:

    I also like the last shift from colon to period in “Recalled in time/Lauren and Peter’s song.”

  3. Dang … we could use that photograph for the press release for “O’Brien signs copies of Groundwork at the release party”.

  4. Nice work, btw.

  5. Louise Orrock says:

    I like the hints about things.

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