“Radiance”

Look: She whom glory garbed in glory once
Shall soon be gowned in solemn, festive white;
A lady from whose light my pen drew verse
Shall speak her promises and make her vows
To him whom God has now, for her raised up
To be both helpmate, husband, and protector.
May God give them everlasting joy!
And may they soon and endlessly fulfil
The perfect law of love, to serve the Christ
With sacrificing service to each other.
Lord, I pray that each one’s spirit’s eyes
Be ever opened by your Spirit’s touch
To see, in his and her beloved’s form—
And so adore, and bow to worship you—
A double measure of that glory-fire
That I still dimly see within her face.

Several of my friends, including one whose presence sparked much of my poetry at the time, are to be married this year; this poem came to me earlier this week as I was thinking about that. While neither this, nor an earlier poem I titled “Prothalamion” (which, since I intended it as a wedding present, I won’t publish again—here or in a collection—without that couple’s permission), nor a similarly wedding-related fragment (far too deliberately obscure to make a post here) from a year or two ago, is an epithalamium by the strictest definition of that term, I count myself as somewhat within that tradition.

As always, I earnestly welcome your (further) 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 (perhaps starting with those linked from one of the “archive ” installments, 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 this poem with others, subject to my sharing policy.

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