Written in Nerja after attending the banquet of a young couple whose marriage I had blessed earlier in the day.
Long life and happiness
was what they wished for you
at each stage of your journey.
Setting out alone or together,
In parting and re-union.
the lasting gift of good will -
love in the sign of a raised cup.
the barely audible question
uneasily voiced – how long?
How long does joy or sorrow last?
How long is waiting - together or apart?
Living provides all the answers.
As time passes, each new toast proposed,
the same question is tinged,
less with fear and more with gratitude;
for all that has been, still is and ever will be.
How long – we’ve had? And have been blessed!
The light of life well lived shines on,
despite the end to come.
It’s not that darkness overwhelms
as our poor light seems to pale
and fade to nothingness.
It’s unseen, uncreated light
that hides us, in love’s incandesence
abiding at last where truly we belong.