Poetry in Emotion, cont’d

June 3rd, 2013

 These two pieces were collected by Ginny Collins from recent ceremonies:

 The Present, by Michael Donaghy
 
For the present there is just one moon,
though every level pond gives back another.
 
But the bright disc shining in the black lagoon,
perceived by astrophysicist and lover,
 
is milliseconds old. And even that light’s
seven minutes older than its source.
 
And the stars we think we see on moonless nights
are long extinguished. And, of course,
 
this very moment, as you read this line,
is literally gone before you know it.
 
Forget the here-and-now. We have no time
but this device of wantonness and wit.
 
Make me this present then: your hand in mine,
and we’ll live out our lives in it.

 

 And – if you can find a couple tough enough……..

 

‘To Diego and Frida’ from the film Frida

 I don’t believe in marriage. I really don’t! Let me be clear about that. I think at worst it’s a hostile political act – a way for small-minded men to keep women in the house and out of the way, wrapped up in the guise of tradition – and conservative, religious nonsense. At best it’s a happy delusion – it’s two people who truly love each other and have no idea how truly miserable they’re about to make each other. But when two people know all of that and decide, with eyes wide open, to face each other and get married anyway well, then, I don’t think it’s conservative or delusional. I think it’s radical. And courageous. And very romantic.

Please do send any ideas of poems to include to ritelines@humanism.org.uk