This time of year has always had special significance for me so with a touch of the personal I’ve chosen some poetry to do with weddings and their anniversaries
William Carlos Williams is succinct in his imagery of the couple in “Marriage”
“So different this man, this woman
And this woman:
A stream flowing
In a field.
For Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, hers was not a marriage of true minds and hence her ”Marriage” poem has tinges of regret
“No more alone sleeping, no more alone waking,
Thy dreams divided, thy prayers in twain;
Thy merry sisters tonight forsaking,
Never shall we see, maiden, again.
Never shall we see thee, thine eyes glancing.
Flashing with laughter and wild in glee,
Under the mistletoe kissing and dancing,
Whilst Alicia Ostriker paints a candid “Anniversary”
“…Thirty, home, and work. We cohabit in a functioning machine.
There is violence, somewhere else. Do we wish this? It occurs,
The flayed combatant, the dismembered child,
The instruments in the basement. We must wish it. See,
Between us is peace, our babies are plump,
I know you, I caress you, I fail you. My faith adheres
In nothing. Don’t leave me, don’t leave me.
And so for today’s poetry prompt it’s all about couples, twos, in other words couplets!
1. The Cote – a poem of uneven couplets attributed to John Schroeder. L1 being a single imperative verb, L2 is a glossing or expansion of L1. Rhyme and meter is of your own choosing. More info here
Mix and blend, enjoy the place
Chance upon receptive face
2. Choose any one of Couplet forms listed here
Once you have published your poem, add it to the Mr Linky below. Then go visiting other contributors as that is half the enjoyment of our dVerse gatherings.
Hello everyone! Punam (paeansunplugged) here. Due to some unforeseen circumstances Linda is away. I will be tending the bar in her absence. Please feel free to ask for drinks and munchies of your choice. I do hope you enjoy writing to the prompt.
I am extremely sorry, its Laura and not Linda. My apologies to both.
Thanks for staffing the pub tonight, Punam. I’ll be happy to open the doors tomorrow morning and take over for a bit.
That’s the joy of dVerse….we have multiple pub tenders all willing to help out when needed….and plenty of words to imbibe on! 🙂
Laura, we miss you and send our best wishes to you.
Hi Lillian. Thanks so much. I’ll be around for a while and would be happy to handover to you tomorrow morning. 🙂
Indeed, the joy is incomparable.
A quick hello and thanks to Punam for opening the bar this evening. I will be back in the morning to read and comment further.
Hi Kim. My pleasure to be here. Good night.
hi to all bar tenders,
thank you for keeping the place going.
hi to all poets,
will try and catch your words as and when time allows.
Hi Rog. Pleasure. 🙂
I’m glad the prompt wasn’t writing about couples or marriages; otherwise, I would probably get sooo sad. My heart’s kind of wounded currently. </3 Poetry helps though.
You are right, Jenna, poetry does help.
Laura left the choice of topic on us. I look forward to reading yours. 🙂
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you for hosting Laura. I figured I’d write a bit of dark, tongue-in-cheek humor — which smacks of reality.
Rob, that sounds fun! Looking forward to reading it.
Good Evening – interesting prompt I made an attempt but, I am not sure how well I did.
Hi, All! Thanks to Laura for the prompt, and for Punam and Lillian for hosting! I will read around work and cooking and baking for Rosh Hashanah.
Hi Merril. Happy cooking and baking. Shanah tovah!
Thank you so much, Punam! 💙
My pleasure. 💙
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Thank you for standing in at the last minute Punam – sorry I can’t read or contribute at the moment but once the Muse is grieving less, I shall be back
Laura, you are welcome. Please take care.