The puppets throw a poetry party (for our anniversary)


Our feet, eloping 3 years ago on a sunny beach, far far away...

Today is the anniversary of meeting M for the first time.  We also eloped on this same day, 3 years ago. 8 years of knowing each other and 3 years hitched. The puppets were up all night – I could hear them rumbling around the place – clearly up to no good in preparation for today.

While ups and downs follow us wherever we go as a couple, and while Turkey is embroiled in debates about new health care coverage laws and the impending death of French-Turkish relations (more on that soon – the puppets are in a mad debate about it all) there is never a better day for some inspirational poetry about love and partnership – framed here as marriage – or so says Hacivad Bey says.  He woke us at dawn with these words…followed by champagne, courtesy of the Karagöz puppet troupe…

This Marriage

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Kulliyat-i-Shams 2667


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7 Responses to The puppets throw a poetry party (for our anniversary)

  1. Jack Scott says:

    Congratulations, my dear. I had imagined you two had been together for much longer. Don’t know why. Did you literally elope? How delicious!

  2. Alan says:

    . . good on you guys!Many more of them too. :ox

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  4. Liz Cameron says:

    Thank you so much! We are working on it!!!!

  5. Liz Cameron says:

    Thank you very much! It’s been 8 years together – just 3 legal. Feels like an age. As my brother in law says in his more rapscallion-like moments, he has been with my sister for 22 years- but it feels like 22 minutes (under water). And yes – we really did elope – 5 days notice to ourselves – on a beach in Florida!!!

  6. Rosamond says:

    I just found time to chill and decided to brows your older posts. Its lovely that you appreciate the great sage and poet ‘Rumi’ apart from Marton Luther King he is my hero 🙂 at the moment i am reading The Fundamentals-Of-Rumis-Thought- .i have been lucky to visit his last resting place in Konya.
    I was wondering i that beach you and M married on was Daytona? If so i might have stood on the exact sMe spot lol

  7. Rumi is new for me – enjoying the dip into his wisdom tremendously!!!

    Can’t wait to visit Konya someday.

    Would that it were Daytona beach! What a lark that would be…but no, it was Key West, and it was wonderful!!!!

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