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Poetry Friday: A Jane Hirshfield poem for Will and Emily's wedding

May 30, 2013

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This weekend, our family is celebrating the union of my nephew, Will, and his lovely bride, Emily. (She’s a new teacher, by the way – I knew you’d like her!)

In scouting around online, I found a website in the UK that has everything a busy or procrastinating couple might need to plan their special day, including dozens of poems and thousands of speeches uploaded by others. Really – groom, father of the bride, maid of honour/best woman … you get the idea! Toasts, jokes, etc. There are even links to help you plan your “Stag” and “Hen” nights! I do love those Brits.

But today I’d like to share a poem by one of America’s poetic treasures, Jane Hirshfield .

Here are its opening lines and those near the end:

A Blessing for Wedding

By Jane Hirshfield

Today when persimmons ripen
Today when fox-kits come out of their den into snow
Today when the spotted egg releases its wren song

Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly
Spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears
Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes
Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you

© Jane Hirshfield.

Please do click over to read the poem in its entirety here. And click over to Teaching Young Writers, where the creative Betsy has the Poetry Friday Roundup and Chalk-a-Bration pictures, too!


  1. May 31, 2013 9:55 AM EDT
    So pretty - and I LOVE the Chalk-a-Bration idea!!! :) e
    - elizabeth d
  2. May 31, 2013 10:17 AM EDT
    Thanks for popping in, e - and isn't that fun? What a terrific idea for young students. And old(er) grown-ups as well!
    - Robyn Black
  3. May 31, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
    Exquisite poem, Robyn. I'll have to share it with a friend who's getting married next weekend. Congratulations to Will and Emily. I know everyone will enjoy the blissful celebration :)!
    - jama
  4. May 31, 2013 11:21 AM EDT
    That brought a tear to my eye, Robyn! What a perfect poem she wrote.
    - Tabatha
  5. May 31, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
    Jama, I agree it's just a stunning poem. Glad it will be shared in your circles, too! Thanks.

    Hi, Tabatha - Thanks for visiting. I love reading Jane Hirshfield's work, too - and this one seems especially perfect.
    - Robyn Black
  6. May 31, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
    So beautiful, the imagery is wonderful. Have fun!
    - Beth Rommel
  7. May 31, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
    Wow, this is beautiful. "Vastness" is just the right word for wedding vows. Almost twenty-four years since I made mine and I'm still figuring out what it all means.
    - Ruth (
  8. May 31, 2013 5:41 PM EDT
    Beautiful poem. My daughter's good friend is getting married this weekend. I think I'll tuck this poem into her card.
    - Margaret Simon
  9. May 31, 2013 10:18 PM EDT
    Gorgeous poem, so full of love, Robyn. I will keep it 'on tap' for my next wedding!
    - Linda Baie
  10. May 31, 2013 10:35 PM EDT
    Beth, Ruth, Margaret, Linda - thanks! At the rehearsal dinner tonight it was mentioned that all four sets of grandparents are here. Each marriage ranging from 57 to 63 years. Now that's some kind of poem in itself! :0). And a blessing.
    - Robyn Black
  11. May 31, 2013 10:43 PM EDT
    I love Jane H.'s work and this one is perfect. I especially love the way she helps me see things in such a new way!
    "Today when rain leaps to the waiting of roots in their dryness
    Today when starlight bends to the roofs of the hungry and tired"
    - Steve Peterson
  12. June 1, 2013 9:36 AM EDT
    Thanks for coming by, Steve. The lines you picked out struck me as well - such an amazing poet.
    - Robyn Black
  13. June 1, 2013 12:21 PM EDT
    What a fabulous poem! The ending is so abandoning in its joy and promise. All the best to Will & Emily!
    - Violet N.
  14. June 1, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
    Very kind, Violet - thank you!
    - Robyn Black
  15. June 1, 2013 7:56 PM EDT
    A beautiful poem!
    - Doraine Bennett
  16. June 1, 2013 11:59 PM EDT
    Lovely lovely. I wanted to copy and paste so many great lines. I loved "Today, let this light bless you" and "Today when rain leaps to the waiting of roots in their dryness"
    - Betsy
  17. June 2, 2013 8:21 AM EDT
    Doraine, glad you liked it! Thanks for visiting.

    Hi, Betsy - several of these lines have run through my mind as we've celebrated this wedding all weekend. :0) (Big families on both sides, so lots of celebrating!)
    - Robyn Black

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