Joyeaux Anniversaire, comme ils disent
There you were
just a year ago
in front of the march to St George’s Day
we met, melded and married
and defied the xenophobic mantras
Slaying the dragons of prejudice
because the words we use sound different.
But love translates easily
and we didn’t need words to say that we would
and we did and we would again.
So in front of the flags of inconvenience
and the bile balls of blind hatred
we joined hands and futures.
‘Comme ils disent’
‘As they say’, and they did about us
But we stepped to one side and let the dissenters pass
We let the March become April
and the thunder become light.
We searched for quiet, sacred places
in the shadows of Lewes
to leave precious droplets of our love
between the flagstones.
We put new addresses on our hearts
And gave our souls new phone numbers
We threw away the mistakes in our wardrobes
And we agreed that the last Saturday in April
Would be the last day of our old lives.
Then as we stood under the crystal rivulets of sunshine
in a church one day in April
I watched the tired old procession
turn into a victory parade
And threw myself into your path
like a flower.
For Natasha after a year of marriage / Roy Stannard 26th April 2015
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