Friday, August 22, 2008

Anniversary Week: A Poem

If you are a soon to be bride I highly recommend having your guests throw birdseed. Sure, bubbles are pretty and trendy, but just look at how much fun my guests are having pelting us with birdseed. WD and I aren't smiling. We're grimacing. That stuff hurts when it's coming at you at 20 mph. But it's good for the environment.

Here's the perfect poem to conclude My 11th Anniversary Week. It's from Wendell Berry's The Country of Marriage.

Sometimes our life reminds me
of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing
and in that opening a house,
an orchard and garden,
comfortable shades, and flowers
red and yellow in the sun, a pattern
made in the light for the light to return to.
The forest is mostly dark, its ways
to be made anew day after day, the dark
richer than the light and more blessed,
provided we stay brave
enough to keep on going in.

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  1. LOL it looks like you're tempted to maybe try and use him as a shield!

  2. What a beautiful poem! I hope you had a wonderful anniversary, many more healthy and happy years together!

  3. Great poem! Sounds a whole lot like life! And the more you head into the forest of life, the more blessed you get! I didn't know that about the birdseed hurting.

  4. I loved the poem! Happy anniversary to you two.

  5. This is such a nice poem. I have truly enjoyed anniversary week - what a wonderful way to commemorate your journey together! Happy Anniversary!

  6. What a beautiful poem, I loved reading all about your wedding and your anniversary week. Happy 11th Anniversary and many many more..

  7. Happy anniversary! Loved the poem.

  8. Even in the cringing pain, you guys look really cute! Congrats on the Anniversary!

  9. Oooh, marriage to a military man. I SO wish I'd done that. I love your dress -- Happy Anniversary!!

  10. What a great poem and a very beautiful picture! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  11. What a pretty poem. I can't say I would like bird seed thrown at me.

  12. Ali, what a lovely poem, I have read it several times and it won't be the last.
    Happy anniversary to you both, and Thank you for sharing.
    Lee (NZ ant)

  13. Thanks for all the anniversary wishes you guys! We stuffed ourselves at a chinese food buffet Friday night--all for under 20 bucks--so we had a great time!


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