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The Wedding

O marriage-bells, your clamor tells
Two weddings in one breath.
SHE marries whom her love compels:
-- And I wed Goodman Death!
My brain is blank, my tears are red;
Listen, O God: -- "I will," he said: --
And I would that I were dead.
Come groomsman Grief and bridesmaid Pain
Come and stand with a ghastly twain.
My Bridegroom Death is come o'er the meres
To wed a bride with bloody tears.
Ring, ring, O bells, full merrily:
Life-bells to her, death-bells to me:
O Death, I am true wife to thee!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Nika Mcguin (3/25/2014 12:26:00 PM)

    complex and astounding, but overall captivating. I love that this is short, but packed with depth!

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (3/25/2014 9:16:00 AM)

    Truly a much complicated composition as an institutional access called Wedding. Yet, characters are many within the emotional intelligence. Sometimes emerges the passion of penetration, sometimes deviating from the crude line of making -love. Death, undoubtedly the hero of all hankerings. Poet tries to establish with strong metaphor. And again, yet, a line touches me as a poem many times does the same........

    To wed a bride with bloody tears.

    It spells as the war begins for the past to snatch the beauty from the present.

    Pranab k c
    24/03/2014

  • Sinomhlobo Marwanqa (3/26/2013 9:04:00 AM)

    This is pretty amazing. I am lost for words..

  • Alfred Barna (3/25/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    By our very births, we make vows down the aisles path
    Love, tears, fears, and mirths, write down our epitath

  • Biplab Chowdhury (3/26/2012 12:33:00 AM)

    This is inevitable. We can't deny it.

  • Alvin Wien (3/25/2010 8:27:00 PM)

    Quite an amusing way to put marriage.

  • Undead Perez (3/25/2010 6:58:00 PM)

    In a weird amusing way, this was rather captivating. I like how he uses death and marriage. Together, they sound kinda fit for each other. This is good :)

  • Terence George Craddock (3/25/2010 4:45:00 AM)

    A Tale Of Two Weddings... movingly writ 'A Blue Rose'

  • Joseph Poewhit (3/25/2010 4:00:00 AM)

    That analogy of death as a marriage, is like a line of poem gold, in the mine tunnel of the poetry world. [far out]

  • Ramesh T A (3/25/2010 1:51:00 AM)

    All cannot escape the marriage of one with death some day or other! This truth poet says wonderfully well in this poem!

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