I’m sending a poem to you. Naomi wonders if you or Rose would read it at the wedding?
When the one whose hand you’re holding
Is the one who holds your heart
When the one whose eyes you gaze into
Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
When the one you think of first and last
Is the one who holds you tight,
And the things you plan together
Make the whole world seem just right,
When the one whom you believe in
puts their faith and trust in you,
You’ve found the one and only love
You’ll share your whole life through.
Ouch. That’s just horrible. What about Love’s Philosophy by Shelley?
Or Sonnet 116? Or if she doesn’t like them maybe have a look at Cummings’
I carry your heart. I like the Shelley. It’s graspable by listeners on a first reading,
even if they may not be customarily attuned to poetry.
Naomi doesn’t ‘get’ the Love’s Philosophy poem. So would Rose be OK to read The One?
OK, not everyone’s cup of tea I guess.
So do you think Rose would read The One? Fine if not, the vicar will read it.
To be honest even though Rose has done that public speaking
before it makes her so anxious in advance that since the vicar is prepared
to read that ‘poem’ I think that he would be a better option, otherwise
she will worry nonstop about it for the next 11 days.
She did try a couple of times to read it aloud to us on Friday
but it’s so trite that it’s hard to impart sincere emotion to it,
kind of singalong-a-Hallmark, so that would make her even more
anxious that she couldn’t read it meaningfully well and I know she’d beat
herself up about that because she’d feel that she hadn’t done Naomi justice.
Hope you are bearing up under the strain.
See you soon.
Hi Kemoe, OK, second try, pass the sick bucket, a new suggested poem from the vicar.
True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds
And true love holds with gentle hands
The heart that it entwines
Lol, blimey has someone got access to Hallmark’s vaults?
PS Hi Hannah, an afterthought.
I know you said they didn’t want anything from the bible but since they are
getting married in a church anyway do you think Naomi might at least consider
the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 13 which is a decent piece of writing and has some beauty in it?
PS – Scratch that
Sorry Hannah, very ungallant of me to suggest other stuff actually.
They know what they want (presumably) and should have what they want
on their day. Helen Steiner Rice is just not a favourite. She is maybe favoured by
people who know little or nothing about poetry and who on momentous occasions
think that poetry is called for but, not knowing what poetry is or seeks to do, look
for something that rhymes and is metronomic, and which they are familiar with
from their only other yearly contact with poetry – the inside of their Hallmark
birthday card. Still, in her lifetime she managed to sell about 7 million copies of her stuff, which is about 6 and a half million more than the combined sales of
every other poet who has ever existed, so she certainly had the last laugh.
Love to all
So! Do I take it that if Naomi doesn’t like Corinthians then you will read The One?
Sorry to hassle you but the order of service is waiting to go to press
Haha. Ok then. Tony Jacklin will also come along for Crazy Golf.
Ah you are learning, weddings are all about compromise … in short the bride is
always right. I don’t want to tell her that you don’t want to do it cause you don’t
like it! Or that you and I think it’s an insincere piece of crap. So on that basis
perhaps look upon it as your chance to shine as an actor,
if not a poet.
Thank you so much.
No, it’s an honour to be asked. The bride should have what pleases her on that day.
I shall get them a book of Poetry as a gift.
It probably won’t be Helen Steiner Rice’s.
Time to start cooking.
It’s ok Kemoe you are off the hook, she has asked someone from William’s
family because the vicar suggested it was someone their age that did the
reading. Happy cooking.
Rose is on the floor.
She swears you knew all along and were winding Uncle Kemoe up.