William F Dougherty

Rookie - 16 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Epithalamium - Poem by William F Dougherty

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(For Cynthia Ann Dougherty)

Towing your tattered doll,
you would fetch your storybook
and scale my knees to hear
how Sleeping Beauty woke.
My voice, to match a tale,
grated a giant's roar
or whispered of lamp or bean
against your ash-blonde hair.

You clapped each tidy ending,
after fidgeting through the plot:
your smile—at rescue, prince,
embrace—bloomed at the thought.
In that time of once upon,
legend let fall the truth
that a princess is her feeling:
kind words keep a lovely mouth.

I celebrate that now
in your own story's flush,
toss rice at your ivory gown
and raise a father's wish.
Ever-afters recede in mist,
but for the princess shining here
my cheer is plain and easy:
may your storybook endure.


[Pub. in Caduceus, Yale U. Press,2013]


Comments about Epithalamium by William F Dougherty

  • Rookie - 16 Points William F. Dougherty (2/9/2013 2:22:00 PM)

    Published in Caduceus, Yale U. Press,2013. (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
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  • Rookie - 340 Points Jim Hogg (10/23/2012 12:45:00 PM)

    The stitching and unstitching all unseen. Adam was never this blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 340 Points Captain Cur (6/9/2012 11:14:00 PM)

    Yes, may they live happily ever after.
    Wonderful poem about a daughter,
    as they are all princesses and
    precious in a father's life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (4/16/2012 1:33:00 PM)

    Yes. Daughter's daughter also recently married. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Hazel Connelly (11/6/2011 2:53:00 PM)

    Lovely. I take it this is about your daughter.
    Hazel (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 11, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 9, 2013


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