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.
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.
Sheila 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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