Here is another theme-based form (er, I mean “genre” – Thanks Barbara) for you to try.  An Epithalamium is a poem usually written in honor of a bride and groom. But we’ll expand the thought in a way for this re-introduction of the Epithalamium. Write a poem to celebrate the marriage (joining together) of two somethings. Reese’s Cups are the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Could be ham and eggs, comedy and tragedy, Lewis and Martin (for those of us that know better). Let’s toast the happy “couple.” Toast and jam? Another great combo!)

A (bonus) poem written for the union of our incredibly talented poets in the garden with each other and Marie and me:


Will you, won’t you join this dance? .
Won’t you take this one last chance?
Would you, could you use your words,
write some poems (quite absurd)?
Will you take the steps you need?
Won’t you join us? Plant your seed?
Will you? Won’t you?

© Walter J. Wojtanik




O’muse forgive me.
You were always there,
like light, like air.
When thoughts reveal
all that I feel, you provide
a voice for the words I choose.
Never failing, sending these
word kites sailing; soaring
into the atmosphere for all to hear.
I take you for granted here, o’muse
sometimes, and at times I abandon
my sensibilities when you give me
the ability to paint life onto a blank page
as if some sage had possessed me.
But, I owe all I am to what drives me.
A pursuit of poetic perfection,
a direction that joins us; a marriage.
Like melody and lyric, this empiric
connection is God-sent, meant
to express all that you suggest.
So muse, forgive me.
For all you share,
my light, my air.

**Inspired by “Farewell and Thanksgiving” by Mark van Doren 

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2018