Tuesday, August 15, 2006

End of blank card blues


A Birthday
by Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

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I’m usually stumped when it comes to knowing what to put inside blank cards. Yesterday I was preparing one for a wedding. What to say?

On the Poetry Foundation site I recalled seeing a Poem Finder. So I decided to give it a try. I chose 'by occasion' and then ‘wedding.’ This page appeared. I picked the above poem for inside the card. Now I’m thinking, with this handy gadget at my fingertips, maybe those days of the blank card blues are over.

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