Ode to Cris - on our 30th Wedding Anniversary - December 2009
This is a tribute to a very special woman. A woman of beauty, intelligence and grace.
A woman whom I've had the pleasure to share a life with for thirty years - a woman of substance.
It's in recognition of thirty years of marriage, with ups and downs, joy and pain, adventure and challenge.
Its a tribute of union, comradeship, love and respect.
It is an ode to my wife, my love, my best friend and mother to our three fine children.
***Picture taken in Egypt, September 2010***
Thoughts from a loving husband......
15th December 2009
My Darling Cris
Thirty years have passed whence upon I saw your face
Thirty years have passed whence I was gifted by your grace
Thirty years have passed filled with joy and emotion
Thirty years have passed with my love and devotion
Thirty years have passed that filled me with pride
Thirty years have passed standing proud by your side
Thirty years have passed when sometimes we have wavered
Thirty years have passed but each year I have savoured
Thirty years have passed that have seen us through
Thirty years have passed with my unbounded love for you
On this special anniversary I proclaim with my breath
That whatever the future I am yours until death
That in my last breath it will be your name on my lips
The lips which will kiss you as long as God permits
So here is your star to shine in thine honour
To glow brightly in the skies now and forever
Such is my message, each word chosen with care
For your love and your life I have been honoured to share
From your loving husband
Thoughts from Elizabeth Barrett Browning....
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 - 1861
Thoughts from William Shakespeare......
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Thoughts from Robert Burns....
O my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my luve is like the melodie,
That's sweetly played in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile.
Robert Burns 25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796
A Star in the Sky
Naming a star after a loved one is purely symbolic. Astronomers, scientists and even Nasa will not recognise a personal name. Stars are given boring identities - a combination of letters and numbers. Especially the most distant.
But it is possible to name a star, regardless of the killjoys who regard it as sentimental nonsense. A personal name on a star is registered with the International Star Name Database. In a world of clinical cynicism, there is no room for passion and romance. But there are billions upon billions of stars in the universe, and who says that one is not out there for the one you love?
Whether it be the love or your live, or relative who you wish to remember, isn't it great to look at the sea of stars above in the future and say to your beloved There's a star up there with your name on it!
Name a Star
Express your feelings and ignore the starched collars and stuffed shirts.....
A Pearl by Any Other Name.....
30th anniversaries are identified with pearls. Real pearls are expensive. One alone costs several hundred pounds, and a necklace is beyond the means of many. however, a single pearl or pair of earrings will do the job just as well. Cultured freshwater pearls are a good alternative, and although cost a few bob, one pearl alone is unique.
Black Cultured Pearls
Stardust by "Take That" - A different take! - With Gary Barlow and Camilla Kerslake
For the official movie version page down (but not before you've heard this!)....
Camilla Kerslake is the eponymous debut album from the classical singer who was "discovered" by Take That's Gary Barlow and signed to his very own record label. The album was produced by Mike Hedges (The Priests and Dido) and recorded in Ireland and features her own versions of classic songs including "How Can I Keep From Singing", "Pie Jesu", "Rule The World" and "I Can't Help Falling In Love" to name a few.
Stardust - The Movie
Escape into the enchanted world of chivalry and romance in Stardust, an epic tale starring Claire Danes with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. In hopes of wooing a beautiful girl (Sienna Miller), Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises to bring her a falling star. But he’s in for the adventure of his life when he discovers the star is actually a celestial beauty named Yvaine (Danes) When an old witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) attempts to steal Yvaine’s youth, Tristan must protect her at all costs, in this magical family adventure that will make you fall in love over and over again.
If Ever I Would Leave You....from Camelot - Sung by Robert Goulet
Camelot - A Magical Musical of Romance and Legend
Stardust - Rule the World
Further Reading for Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a prolific writer and reviewer in the Victorian period, and in her lifetime, her reputation as a poet was at least as great as that of her husband, poet Robert Browning. Some of her poetry has been noted in recent years for strong feminist themes, but the poems for which she is undoubtedly best known are Sonnets from the Portuguese.
Written for Robert, who had affectionately nicknamed her his "little Portuguese," the sequence is a celebration of marriage, and of one of the most famous romances of the nineteenth century. These are some of the most passionate and memorable love poems in the English language. There are forty-four poems in the collection, including the very beautiful sonnet, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Futher reading from William Shakespeare
Playful as well as profound-and as bawdy as he was witty, William Shakespeare is hardly the stuffy, obscure writer who inhabits so many modern classes in English Literature. And yet students often leave the classroom without ever discovering the man behind the marble legend. In this timely and enlightening collection of Shakespeare's sonnets, author and poet Jeffrey Caminsky puts some of the fun back in the Bard's most private and personal set of poems. At once sensitive and tender, yet often skewering mistresses and patrons alike, the poems sing with passion and wit. With explanatory notes to help the modern reader sort through the Elizabethan vocabulary, this collection makes Shakespeare's poems-and, more importantly, his humanity and sense of fun-come back to life.
Further reading from Robert Burns......
The most essential of the immortal poems and songs of Scotland's beloved national bard are collected in these volumes.
With the publication of his first book of poems in 1786, Robert Burns-the twenty-seven-year-old son of a farmer-became a national celebrity, hailed as the "Ploughman Poet." When he died ten years later, ten thousand people came to pay their respects at his funeral, and in the two centuries since, he has inspired a following among Scots and poetry lovers around the world.
A pioneer of the Romantic movement, Burns wrote in a light Scots dialect with brio, emotional directness, and wit, drawing on classical and English literary traditions as well as Scottish folklore-and leaving a timeless legacy. All of his most famous lyrics and poems are here, from "A Red, Red Rose," "To a Mouse," and "To a Louse" to Tam o'Shanter, "Holy Willie's Prayer," and "Auld Lang Syne."