Sunday, June 7, 2009

Let there be new flowering...

The roses weren't the only thing in bloom at Garfield Park yesterday. I couldn't resist sneaking a few snaps of this newlywed couple -- they were barely past "I do" and glowing with enough happiness to light up the entire San Gabriel Valley.

Don't you just love a June wedding?

Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of the allied forces D-Day invasion of Normandy. I had been feeling introspective, thinking about wars and about time passing, about people lost and people trying to save. Then, I stumbled upon a joyful wedding party traipsing around a park still muddy from the recent rain. Springtime gives all of us permission to be optimistic.

I like the way Lucille Clifton expressed it best:

let there be new flowering
in the fields let the fields
turn mellow for the men
let the men keep tender
through the time let the time
be wrested from the war
let the war be won
let love be
at the end

13 comments:

Judy Williams said...

That bridal couple is perfectly framed with the beautiful yellow roses. What a delight.

That Clifton prose is just beautiful and so fitting.

"let love be at the end" - wow I love that.

Mister Earl said...

I like the traffic cones framing the couple, and the little girl, rolling in the grass.

The Jive Aces from London played at the PBDA dance last night. Sometimes, Toni Prima, daughter of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, sings a few songs with them, and last night was such a time. But this time was unique in that her mother, Keely Smith, was there listening! Did you hear that Dixie Jane? Keely Smith was at our swing dance last night!

altadenahiker said...

Very romantic photo

Cafe Pasadena said...

I didn't know you had previous experience as a wunderful wedding photographer!

That girl looks familiar. And the guy-dunno...

Mister Earl said...

Cafe knew the bride when she used to rock and roll!

TheChieftess said...

Love the yellow roses framing the photo...gives a misty, romantic feel to it!

Shanna said...

A wonderful and tender poem to go with your sweet romantic photo.
May they live happily ever after!!

Jean Spitzer said...

Very romantic; love the diagonal.

Dixie Jane said...

Mister Earl: Keely Smith was at your Swing Dance? How wonderful! I have at least one of her ol' 331/3 albums. Some good numbers therein. I'm happy that you were there.

Dixie Jane said...

The wedding couple, the blooming yellow roses in the foreground. The happy atmosphere gives me hope that love will survive. A truly lovely picture, Laurie girl.

Excerpt from an 1867 poem by Matthew Arnold:

Ah love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,...........

Laurie said...

Howdy gang,

Such romantics! I love all of your thoughts and poems. Honestly, I had another paparrazi moment when I was taking pictures of this couple. I never thought I'd hide in a rose bush to take sneaky pictures of a bride and groom!

Until tomorrow, everyone...

Kaori said...

The newlyweds look just as beautiful as the roses! How romantic :)

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