Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thoughts on Poems for a Royal Wedding

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy today gave us a list of poems based on wedding vows. I didn't really want to bother with the pile of tax-funded clap-trap that is this non-event, but since my favourite poem from this category was conspicuous by its absence, here it is.

Liebeslied from the Dreigroschenoper by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht

Und gibt's auch kein Schriftstuck vom Standestamt
Und keine Blume auf die Altar
Und weiss ich auch nicht woher dein Brautkleid stammt

Und ist keine Myrte im Haar-
Der Teller, von welchem du issest dein Brot
Schau ihn nicht lang an, wirf ihn fort!
Die Liebe dauert oder dauert nicht
An dem oder jenem Ort.

Love Song from the Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht

And though there's no seal from the registrar
And no orange-blossom on the altar
And though I don't know where you got your wedding-dress
And though there's no veil for your hair-
Just drink- let us drink, and then throw the glass down
Don't look at it: look at me!
For love will last, or it will not last
Wherever we both may be.

That's what I call a wedding vow. Now let's all get on with our lives.

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