“A Celebratory Toast”

To her who leads us through the empty void
In hope, in searching for the living Word,
And spins a tale of what might once have been
Had history’s stream diverted from its course,
And tells of strange and fascinating worlds
That never were but teach what may yet be—
For her, in celebration and in joy
At her good news, we raise three gallant cheers!

Aubrey's avatarThis is dedicated to Miss Aubrey Hansen on the occasion of the release of her first full-length novel, Peter’s Angel, an event which I wrote about at the time. The beginning came to me as I was waiting to give blood earlier this week, and the rest followed in short order.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you liked this poem, or you didn’t like it, or it made you think of something, or … please leave a comment to let me know.) If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with yesterday’s archive installment, since the full archive is by now, at well over a hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This poem is also archived on my wiki.

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