Today tanks roll through the nation’s capital, and jets fly over a divided country, but I remember another Fourth of July where people came together to witness a union. Outside fireworks boomed and flared, but inside, love lit up the room. No excess displays are needed to whitewash the facts. Here, we share a couple’s happiness. With the stomp of a goblet, we’re reminded of the simple truth that love. . . is love is love is love. . .and that it endures.
lovers stand and watch
colors streak across the sky—
shattered glass echoes
through time, a kaleidoscope,
love forms and reforms again
Today is my younger daughter and son’s wedding anniversary. A few years ago, we celebrated three weddings within about two years. First our older daughter married her wife, then younger daughter married her husband, and then my sister married her wife. (You can find posts about them, if you’re interested, by searching Love and Marriage.)
This is a Haibun with a tanka instead of the traditional haiku for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. and Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge, “Independence.”
May the Force be with you and family on this day the 4th Merril… definitely cause for celebration on marriage anniversaries – unsure about the other 4th …
Yes, indeed. Thank you very much, Susan.
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#Haiku Happenings #2: Merril’s latest #tankaprose for my current #haikai challenge!
Thank you, Frank!
What a lot of weddings, and a timely reminder that there are other things to celebrate than military gismos. What does the glass stomping signify btw?
Had to go through Frank’s blog to get here. Couldn’t open the post from mail.
Thanks, Jane. I hope others aren’t having a problem accessing my post. I’m not honestly sure about the glass. I’ve read a few things–symbolizing the destruction of the temple, but then how faith continued, so as a glass breaks, love goes on. . .
Glass breaking is powerful as a symbol. You can add Krystallnacht to it now, I suppose.
Yes, it is. I thought of Kristallnacht, but I didn’t want to go there. 😉
Of course, you do.
These are beautiful memories Merril.
Thank you very much, Linda. They are!
This is a beautiful piece! Love the sentiment of love overcoming the chaos around us.
Thank you very much, Dwight!
Your son in law, a veteran, a nurse, a stand-up comic. Your family(and your daughter) have some spice in your life. The haibun is lovely!
Thank you very much, Marian!
Cheers to your family and the anniversary couple. Happy Fourth!
Thank you, Frank! Happy Fourth to you and Ms. Angle!
What a lovely photo! And her dress … swoon. Thank you for sharing this. Your haibun is a nice antidote to what is going on in DC.
Thank you so much! That dress was so her. When she put it on–that was the one. She got it as a sample gown, cash and carry, and fortunately the costumer at her college did the alterations for free as a gift. The circus in DC is a horror.
I like the way your daughter thinks … or should I say “shops”? 🙂 I’ll wait for Stephen Colbert to cover the circus next week 😉
She really kept things a reasonable price for the wedding, and she is good at budgeting, which she did not learn from her parents. 🙂 I’m sure Colbert will do a good job.
Happy anniversary to the beautiful couple! That dress is gorgeous!
Thank you very much!
Forming and reforming – the best of celebrations.
Yes, so true. Thank you, Ken.
The truly important things to celebrate. (K)
Yes, definitely. Thank you, Kerfe.
A splendid anniversary card
Thank you, Derrick!
I’m late, but I’m here!
Wonderful things to celebrate indeed….Sans tanks and airlanes…Such fanfare is over the top, anyway 😉
Thank you! Yes, it looks like they had a good celebration. And yes, you-know-who is just disgusting and ignorant.
I, to prefer not to name him…
I do, too.
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I have goosebumps after reading your amazing words, Merril. What a tribute to your family. I couldn’t open the post either but I found a work around. Seems WP is having mail issues all around. Cheers to you and yours. ❤
Thank you for your kind words–and for persisting when you couldn’t open my post. Very strange!
Most of the contact form links didn’t work either. I would say WP is definitely having issues.
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I’m reblogging this poem of love while hate is all around. Happy Anniversary to my younger daughter and son-in-law.
Thank you for “Going Forth.” People faling in love, marrying, and making a life togther is what makes a country great, not self-aggrandizing politicans. Happy anniversary to your younger daughter and your son.
Thank you very much! I agree.
Thanks for a reminder that good still exists.
Thank you and you’re welcome, Janet. Thanks for stopping by.