The music chosen is the ‘Anniversary Waltz’ by the tenor Jan Pearce. As a boy, I had a habit of picking up music when ever and where ever . One day, to everyone’s bewilderment I came back with Jan Pearce – Yiddish Folksongs . Like all traditional folk songs from whatever culture, there is a power, a poignancy derived from tradition and sadly adversity, I was 14y and loved the songs I heard, I’m now 53y and love them still . The sweeping sound of this song , its sheer beauty, moves me every time I hear it. I decided to use this because it is associated with long happy marriage.
A re-write of an earlier poem
I fear to miss her special day
I fear to miss her special day,
when all her beauty,
without and within cannot be held,
but leaps at life and is wondrous,
wondrous as a kiss between sun and moon.
She will turn Gothic stone into
flawless marble that day, and the
air will be filled with rose scent
floating on the crackling static
about the chosen few, as their heads
swivel hoping to claim first sight.
And I will smile, when alone, silently
holding her favourite stuffed toy,
watching her sleep one last time,
in a room forever hers, before the morn.
And the music will sing
‘Behold the bride !’
and I will see only my little girl,
my beautiful child.
I know on that day, the love she feels
will not be for me alone,
and though another man
has stolen my throne,
my blessing I will gladly give.