Lay for the Day 21st
The longest recorded marriage in Britain began on this summer solstice
in 1883, when James and Sarah Ann Burgess wed at the church of St James
in Bermondsey. They were parted by the death of Sarah Ann in 1965.
we’ll take up the theme, love,
And play through all its changes,
For an old tune’s not worn thin
By time; still the heart opens.
not a pattern
Seemingly, but a makeshift,
Erratic fit of moments
Of marring and of mending.
Yet moments (early and late),
Nights (and not only the first,
Side by side under the quilt)
We felt had swallowed all time
Sometimes seem still to have
Others might never have been.
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