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Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my family and friends, but especially to my husband, Michael.
You are my best friend and the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. From drinking beer overlooking the ocean in Portugal to getting married on a small lake in Michigan, this past year has been amazing (and, apparently, aquatic). I am so lucky to have such a smart, funny and talented partner to share my life with. I love you with all of my heart and can’t wait for everything to come this year—I know it’s going to be good.
At our wedding last fall, we had friends read selected poems during the ceremony. I think they all speak to our relationship in different ways but the one below is my absolute favorite (the other two were Litany by Billy Collins and The Master Speed by Robert Frost).
Superbly Situated by Robert Hershon
you politely ask me not to die and i promise not to
right from the beginning—a relationship based on
good sense and thoughtfulness in little things
i would like to be loved for such simple attainments
as breathing regularly and not falling down too often
or because my eyes are brown or my father left-handed
and to be on the safe side i wouldn’t mind if somehow
i became entangled in your perception of admirable objects
so you might say to yourself: i have recently noticed
how superbly situated the empire state building is
how it looms up suddenly behind cemeteries and rivers
so far away you could touch it—therefore i love you
part of me fears that some moron is already plotting
to tear down the empire state building and replace it
with a block of staten island mother/daughter houses
just as part of me fears that if you love me for my cleanliness
i will grow filthy if you admire my elegant clothes
i’ll start wearing shirts with sailboats on them
but i have decided to become a public beach an opera house
a regularly scheduled flight—something that can’t help being
in the right place at the right time—come take your seat
we’ll raise the curtain fill the house start the engines
fly off into the sunrise, the spire of the empire state
the last sight on the horizon as the earth begins to curve
Robert Herson, “Superbly Situated” from How to Ride on the Woodlawn Express.
Copyright © 1985 by Robert Hershon.
[image credits: Michigan wedding and Kansas City engagement sessions by Steven Michael Photography]