Most great celebrations, like my daughter’s wedding last month, begin long before the celebration itself. Yards of cotton chosen years ago, to be turned into a quilt. Endless bottles of vodka turned into homemade gin, enough for 180 miniature party favors. Evenings with my daughter and a letterpress kit, hand-stamping each letter of each name of each place card.
Early mornings, late nights: hand-stitching, hand-stamping, hand-steeping juniper and cardamom. Moment after moment in which I thought about how much I love both my girl and her now-husband. Nothing was hurried. Everything took time, time, time, and every moment of it was a reminder that, among our endless rushing, time itself is an act of love.
The Word, by Tony Hoagland
Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,
between “green thread”
and “broccoli,” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”
Resting on the page, the word
is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend
and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,
and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing
that also needs accomplishing.
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds
of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder
or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue,
but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile,
proclaiming that the kingdom
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,
—to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.
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Thank you, Larry.
*Beloved Alison McGhee
I love your Poem of the Week. Tony Hoagland has serenaded THE SUNLIGHT,
for me. It is exactly my feeling of this morning. I could FEEL THE LOVE
OF MOTHER GODDESS VESTA AND GOD HELIOS of our Sun love me.*
It is the 2nd October 2022, here.
I am sharing with you, what I shared on WhatsApp and Facebook.
I love what you shared of all the loving time and dedication everyone
gave to your daughter’s happiness. May all of you have many beautiful
In love, with love, for love
Shamla of Shamballa
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Thank you so much, Shamla. Your love and good wishes are so appreciated!