For 19-21 August, I joined family and friends to celebrate my niece Katie’s wedding in Hood River, Oregon on the Columbia River. Here’s the poem I performed:
A Wedding Toast
May your love be firm,
and may your dream of life together
be a river between two shores––
by day bathed in sunlight, and by night
illuminated from within. May the heron
carry news of you to the heavens, and the salmon bring
the sea’s blue grace. May your twin thoughts spiral upward
like leafy vines, like fiddle strings in the wind,
and be as noble as the Douglas fir.
May you never find yourselves back to back
without love pulling you around
into each other’s arms.
By James Bertolino