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For Our Wedding

ISSUE:  Winter 1986
Among the clutter of a pale, thin earth
my mother’s breath sustains me:
be patient, damp blossom, wait
for the green strength of a bull.

Under the thriving apple boughs
a man hurls clumps of the dark soil,
searching for the bottle he buried as a child,
the jewel of his early sorrow.

He follows geese on a faithful wind
as they fly in one direction;
distance hides their rigorous fervor,
a single feather skims the pond.

This man, my husband, stakes the ground
and strings our hope of a home,
an empty box, a simple thought,
mild and kind, substantial stars.


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