Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wing to Wing

Last weekend we had a wedding shower in Madison, and our family members each read us a poem, quote, song, or some other words of wisdom for our life together. Here is Eli's mom reading a Wendell Berry excerpt...
"I dream of you walking at night along the streams
of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs
of birds opening around you as you walk.
You are holding in your body the dark seed of my sleep..."
We even got our own song written and performed for us! I wish I had a recording of it.
Then we enjoyed a yummy dessert spread...
Designed by our loving hosts....
We were a little teary from all the nice words...
But Eli tried keep things from getting too serious...
This is the poem my dad and Deb picked out. I had never heard it before, but Robert Frost wrote it for his daughter when she got married, and then when he and his wife passed away, the last lines were engraved into their headstone.

The Master Speed by Robert Frost

No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still-
Off any still or moving thing you say.
Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar

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