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May 2014 — Poem of the Month

 

The Marriage Mine

 

Peter Fallon

May day. By hedges
of haw
and the hazel edges

 

of the wood
a busybody in the bushes
has withstood

 

an urge to fly,
a guardian angel
keeping an eye

 

on everything,
balancing that impulse
to abscond — or sing.

 

Our children’s poise
at the point of take-off
deploys

 

the call to live another
life, mind the past,
hold still, and yet discover

 

re-entry to the kingdom
of what is
and what’s to come.

 

Lead or follow,
deeper in woods
than birds dare go,

 

in shade or shine,
cleave to the word
to draw forth from the marriage mine.

 

by Peter Fallon 
from Strong, My Love (2014)
Gallery Books
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