and the punctuation-sparse Poet Laureate Andrew Motion might be looking for a new job, considering,
I took your news outdoors, and strolled a while
In silence on my square of garden-ground
Where I could dim the roar of arguments,
Ignore the scandal-flywheel whirring round,
And hear instead the green fuse in the flower
Ignite, the breeze stretch out a shadow-hand
To ruffle blossom on its sticking points,
The blackbirds sing, and singing take their stand.
I took your news outdoors, and found the Spring
Had honoured all its promises to start
Disclosing how the principles of earth
Can make a common purpose with the heart.
The heart which slips and sidles like a stream
Weighed down by winter-wreckage near its source –
But given time, and come the clearing rain,
Breaks loose to revel in its proper course.
Don’t know about you, but I’m glad no one penned anything about my wedding that used singing blackbirds, slipping and sidling hearts (which sounds a lot like they were slip sliding away), and weighed down winter-wreckage for imagery — topped by pointed references to principles, in view of the circumstances of the prior marriages. But that’s just me.
The Star Ledger doesn’t have a new article from Paul Mulshine, but Phillip Ward has clearly overcome his fished-out-of-the-water past and reached celebrity: France2 News has Ward last evening (34 minutes into the broadcast), standing in support of Charles and Camilla, and displaying a banner that wished “Good Luk” to the couple. In all, I like Ward’s tribute better than Motion’s.
A source in the Windsor Castle vicinity clarified to The Bad Hair Blog that Phillip Ward’s not the only supporter, but all week he was the only quotable guy in town. “I bet he did a hundred interviews”, stated our source.
The Beeb has live coverage of the wedding from its website. The commentator was just saying the family and friends were wishing C&C happiness “after so much anguish they themselves had felt and had caused others.”
The ghosts of weddings past stand in the shadows.
Blogger News Network also posted this item.