Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Second Anniversary with a Newborn

Second anniversaries often get glossed over and brushed off. That's especially true when the loving couple has an almost four week old to care for and snuggle and love. My sister and her husband are in that exact position. Hopefully they will enjoy the day and night as a couple and not just as parents. Foot rubs are worth more than any bought gift, I say. So, in honor of their second anniversary, I offer a lovely little poem about couplehood. Granted, it's really about couplehood more tested than two or four years' worth. But the imagery is intimate with a touch of new-found joy. That's what I wanted to share. So, here you go. Molly Peacock's "Couple Sharing a Peach."

It's not the first time

we've bitten into a peach.

But now at the same time

it splits--half for each.

Our "then" is inside its "now,"

its halved pit unfleshed--

what was refreshed.

Two happinesses unfold

from one joy, folioed.

In a hotel room

our moment lies

with its ode inside,

a red tinge,

with a hinge.

From Cornucopia by Molly Peacock. Copyright © 2002 by Molly Peacock. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the poem. Thanks for posting it. We are going to do our best to celebrate our anniversary as a couple. We'll see how it goes.