Oulipost #13 – Epithalamium

Epithalamium: An Oulipan epithalamium, or marriage song, is one composed exclusively with the letters of the names of the bride and groom (bride and bride, groom and groom, etc). Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Write a poem using only words that can be made with the letters in their name. You may choose to use first names only if you prefer anonymity or full names if you’re desperate for more letters.
My newspaper did not have any engagement or wedding announcements on this particular day, so I sourced an article about a couple arguing with the courts about their rights.

See Me

I remain aerily
ladylike as I derail
dreams. My armies rise,
manlike, naked

My deeds rankle,
I am sneaky.
I am amid a dream.
I am sad.

A daisy
rekindles realism,
denials die amid
realness. I relearn,
amid sadness,
nakedly me.

Source: Disis, Jill, and Evans, Tim, Indianapolis Star, 4-11-14; the couple, from whom I plucked my usable letters, is Amy Sandler and Niki Qasney


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