Wedding List

Easter is the time of renewal, growth and hope. I post a poem about looking towards the future,  but from the perspective of a future observer. I’ll leave you to decide if it is too sentimental!

 

Wedding List

 

Fossilised towels

with their line-dried crust of summer days

are pressed with sediments

of lavender dusk, like shale, into slate.

 

The best damask tablecloth,

darned and patched,

is aged to a subtle gold.

A young wife’s dreams,

faded from the wedding list shades,

are suddenly old.

 

Worn blankets fused

with shreds of thistledown and leaf,

make the strata of married years.

 

But look:

two embroidered pillowcases,

matched for lovers, still tissue-wrapped…

 

…and, here, between them

two rose buds,

red as kisses.

 

 

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