Valerie Gillies

The Wedding Reel

True love which lovers promise has one aim:
if you are two, then you’ll be two the same

As plants that grow around the tree in vines
where shoots climb elms to shelter from the wind

As king and queen are printed on a suit of cards
in every game they play with their whole Hearts

As ring and finger from today will go together
fitting two hands, handfast to one another

As silver buckles on a belt are clasped
so linked in love they’ll live and hold at last

As two streams flow to join the greater river
the land between is fruitful, blessed for ever

As verse and tune match one harmonious ideal
you’ll dance barefoot in the first wedding reel

The love which lovers promise to themselves is meant
to make two separate pasts become a single present.

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