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Post-weekend Poetry 108: ‘For M and M on their Wedding Day’ by Sheila Johnston

03 Feb

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by novelist, short story author and poet Sheila Turner Johnston.

For M and M on their Wedding Day
Love
is you and you
standing here together;
 
And love
is us and you
here together with you,
 
For love
is all of us
here together bound,
 
A love
that starts with us
and shines from us.
 
A love
to heal this place
must start with us
 
For love
is never going back
to yesterday
 
And love
is all our hope
for your tomorrows.

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I asked Sheila what prompted this piece and he/she said…

This poem was written for two people whom I love dearly. I lived my entire adult life through the Troubles in Northern Ireland and these two people who were getting married were from opposite communities. He is Protestant and she is Catholic. They are a deeply Christian pair who fell in love. Their wedding took place in a chapel deep inside a sectarian area, a few years after the Good Friday Agreement brought relative peace. The service was unforgettable and moving. They asked me to write a poem to be put on their Order of Service. This is it.

It was lovely. Thank you, Sheila.

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Sheila JohnstonSheila Johnston is the daughter of a Methodist minister and thereby experienced many years of travelling around different parts of Ireland, wherever her father was stationed. Her education was mainly in Belfast, including four years at Queen’s University. She has had many short stories published and has a dabbled in work for radio. Her poetry was greatly influenced by the Troubles, as indeed has much of her outlook on life.

Now more involved with fiction projects, Sheila is the author of Maker of Footprints, a contemporary novel of selfishness, love and the consequences when these two emotions conflict. She is at the rewrite stage of her second novel, helped greatly by her three cats who regularly walk over the keyboard in an effort to improve her spelling. Sheila is on Twitter (@SperrinGold) and her blog is https://sheilaturnerjohnston.wordpress.com.

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in poetry, writing

 

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2 responses to “Post-weekend Poetry 108: ‘For M and M on their Wedding Day’ by Sheila Johnston

  1. Harliqueen

    February 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    What an incredible poem, I certainly would be very happy to have something like that read on my wedding day :)

     
    • morgenbailey

      February 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, Harliqueen. I’ve passed on your comment to Sheila.

       

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