Sonnet written on the occasion of a friend's wedding
|As morning overtakes the edge of night
and softens brittle darkness into day,
we stand together in the newborn light
considering what work lies on our way.
An empty field waits quiet in the dawn,
its fresh-plowed furrows stretching out of view.
The labor of a lifetime calls us on
to plant and nourish life while life is new.
Together, then, let's take this challenge up
and press through miles and years on steady feet.
Let heaven's blessings fill our earthly cup
with promises of harvests, rich and sweet.
Until those future fruits, may God provide
our greatest joy in working side by side.
Redrock 2009, Chaparjos div. 2nd (cash award)
Chaparral Poetry Forum, No. 7, March 2009
Davis County Clipper, May 13, 2009
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