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Sunday, September 16, 2012

1 Time Capsule: A Wedding Song--a poem for two voices

Title:  A Wedding Song -- a poem for two voices
Date:  02/16/02
Setting:  Life after college--during second post-college job
Form:  Free verse -- Poem for two voices


Should he but
touch her face


Should she but
whisper his name
and she melts
and he melts

They are drawn


connected
to one another
to one another

Today
she stands before him


Today
he stands before her
with her heart
wide open


with his soul
to bare

No words can express


No token can reveal
the bond they share

but for today
but for today

As she gazes into
his eyes and speaks


As he smiles back
at her and speaks
They unite as one
They unite as one

pledging
devoting


their lives
to one another
to one another

Should he but
say her name


Should she but
smile his way
and she melts
and he melts
falling


even more
deeply


in love
with one another
with one another


(Technical) Notes:  In order to get this to line up right, I had to use tables.  I'm not sure how that will effect the appearance of this on mobile devices.  The layout is extremely important to the way this poem is intended to be read.  Each column is a different person.  Anytime a line appears on the same  line in both columns, the lines are read together.  To make this easier here, I have altered the color of the lines read simultaneously.

Notes:  I attended two weddings this year.  One of my high school friends got married and my brother got married.  I wrote this for my friend.  I did end up writing another poem specifically for my brother and his wife, but I still gave them a copy of this one.

This was my first attempt at writing a poem meant to be read by two voices.  I think when I first started teaching, I came across a book called Math Talk:  mathematical ideas in poems for two voices.  The whole idea seemed quite interesting to me and took two things I loved and put them together:  math and poetry.

I have since attempted writing another poem for two voices.  It was also supposed to be an attempt at writing a sonnet.  (It would have been my third.)  The sonnet part didn't really work.  I totally muffed the iambic meter and the second line ended up with two extra syllables.  Granted I didn't quite realize it at the time.  But it did turn out to be a decent poem for two voices.

Artifact I:  Original hand-written poem



Artifact II:  The final product that I created for my friend and sister-in-law.