Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present another unpublished poem by Brandon Marlon, "Jewish Wedding Reception." A biography of Mr. Marlon may be found here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/10/poetry-review-special-feature-sukkot-by.html.
Says the rabbi, raising a shot glass of schnapps:
“Welcome, welcome, are all those who come,
dear family and friends of the honored couple,
gathering from near and far to behold this union.
We just witnessed man and woman consecrated,
according to the religion of Moses and Israel.
Seven times the bride circled the bridegroom;
a glass was broken in remembrance of Jerusalem.
As we await the mouthwatering kosher catering,
I wish to offer the briefest yet sincerest of remarks.
My blessing for the special pair, for us all, is simple:
May the wedding day be the least happy day of the marriage.
Bracha v’hatzlacha! L’Chaim! Kol tuv! Mazal tov!”
Poet's Notes: This poem is meant as a lighthearted, amusing, and warm snippet that is wholly based in realism. The key line, which I heard personally, was indeed delivered by a rabbi and offers insight into the Judaic perspective on marriage and building a harmonious home. The wedding day, in Judaism, is just the beginning of the loving couple's journey.
Editor's Note: I don't usually like prosaic poems, but this one, with its romance and sprinkling of humor, really moves me.