This sonnet appeared on the cover of the bulletin for our wedding 24 years ago today: summer solstice, June 21st, 1986. Candace, thank you for joining me on this journey for nearly two and a half decades! I love you!
by Kerry Magruder
An early mist rising from the dark and fertile earth
wakes a living flower from cold sleep with foggy breath
as a gentle wind displays a light that with soft caresses births
verdent, fragrant pleasures in a garden of love’s gifts.
A rising joy, in a dance of delight, unfolds the flowers faces
as they turn their delicate eyes toward us in wonder that gaily blesses
our willing love, awakening needs, which beauty satisfies,
like mists of dew that hang like jewels on softly thirsting light.
The touch of a gentle sun emerging, quiet, without show of power
imparts a subtler, vibrant strength within the mist and flower
Though soon its reddened hand may climb and ascend like drying fire,
the moment now, of love we share, will never lose its wonder
for romance that rejoices to delight like freshly falling dew
distills from its sweetness each morning fragile joys anew.
“I could just see you, with a baby on the way
And I could just see you, when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before
And now you’re my whole life
now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl
We’ll look back someday, at this moment that we’re in
And I’ll look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then”