• Carol Ann Duffy’s Poems For A Wedding – She Is So Awesome

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    Carol Ann Duffy

    Rings

    for both to say

    I might have raised your hand to the sky

    to give you the ring surrounding the moon

    or looked to twin the rings of your eyes

    with mine

    or added a ring to the rings of a tree

    by forming a handheld circle with you, thee,

    or walked with you

    where a ring of church-bells,

    looped the fields,

    or kissed a lipstick ring on your cheek,

    a pressed flower,

    or met with you

    in the ring of an hour,

    and another hour . . .

    I might

    have opened your palm to the weather, turned, turned,

    till your fingers were ringed in rain

    or held you close,

    they were playing our song,

    in the ring of a slow dance

    or carved our names

    in the rough ring of a heart

    or heard the ring of an owl’s hoot

    as we headed home in the dark

    or the ring, first thing,

    of chorussing birds

    waking the house

    or given the ring of a boat, rowing the lake,

    or the ring of swans, monogamous, two,

    or the watery rings made by the fish

    as they leaped and splashed

    or the ring of the sun’s reflection there . . .

    I might have tied

    a blade of grass,

    a green ring for your finger,

    or told you the ring of a sonnet by heart

    or brought you a lichen ring,

    found on a warm wall,

    or given a ring of ice in winter

    or in the snow

    sung with you the five gold rings of a carol

    or stolen a ring of your hair

    or whispered the word in your ear

    that brought us here,

    where nothing and no one is wrong,

    and therefore I give you this ring.

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