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In Search of a Wedding Poem
March 12, 2012 |
I'd like to have my mom read a poem during our wedding ceremony, but I don't want the standard fare "oh how I love thee...." Got any recommendations? I'm looking for a short, unique, unusual poem that profoundly conveys the simple, splendid joy of love between two people, piece of work. It could also be humorous. No preference on age; modern, classic, or ancient. English is the preferred language. Where's an English major when you need one??
Thanks so much!
You could start by looking at an anthology, Into The Garden: A Wedding Anthology (edited by Robert Hass & Stephen Mitchell), which shows you some of the standard fare, which might include something you'd find profound and splendid. There's a poem in there by James Wright, "A Blessing," which has been recited at weddings AND at funerals. A poem by Mary Oliver, which isn't in the book, is "Wild Geese," that might strike a chord with you, and it's not standard fare. There's a poem of mine, which is pretty standard, but has its merits:
Here on a spring night in the sweet grass smell,
Drunk on the crickets and the starry sky,
Oh what lovely stories we could tell
With all these bright stars to tell them by.
A spring night, and you, and paradise,
So lovely and so full of grace,
Above your head, the universe has hung its lights,
And I reach out my hand to touch your face.
I believe in impulse, in all that is green,
Believe in the foolish vision that comes true,
Believe that all that is essential is unseen,
And for this lifetime I believe in you.
All of the lovers and the love they made:
Nothing that was between them was a mistake.
All that we did for love's sake,
Is not wasted and will never fade.
All who have loved shall be forever young
And walk in grandeur on a summer night
Along the avenue,
They live in every song that is ever sung,
In every painting of pure light,
In every pas de deux.
Oh love that shines in every star
And love reflected in the silver moon.
It is not here, but it's not far.
Not yet, but it will be here soon.
And if your heart is set on something humorous, here's a few lines that could be sung to the Wedding March. I am responsible for the words, but I am not responsible for what your mother will think.
Here comes the bride and groom
Make room, out of the way, clear the decks.
We're going to cut the cake,
And then hit the road and have sex.
We're taking off these clothes
And we'll have a glass of wine
And we'll jump between the sheets
And we will intertwine.
We'll do it fifteen times
And then tomorrow fifteen more
And we'll do it on and on
Until we're stiff and sore.
So here comes the bride and groom
We're walking fast and that's why
We're going to have some sex
So thanks for the gifts and goodbye.