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We met on the first working day of the week;

married, five years later, on a Saturday;

and sailed for Ireland on the Sunday.

This Monday marks fifty two years of mostly

wedded bliss; occasional toilsome woe;

loving; giving; hard work; grace – a pack of cards

without, for the most part, the jangling jokers.


Out of the grassy plains, along the Silk Road

from Samarkand, came the colours of

anarchy, of power and passion; came

the four corners of the world, its seasons,

its elements; came the months of the moon.


Partially obscured by damp, bronzed leaves,

there, one winter Sunday before we met,

discarded on a path of a public park

was the Queen of Hearts, blithe and propitious.




© Copyright David Selzer
1 Response
  • John Huddart
    August 30, 2018

    Romantic Legerdemain! Keeping that joker up your sleeve until the end a masterstroke!

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