Poem | Nuptial

For Kathleen
(Amanda Belec/Unsplash)

Each bridge a mystery:
Of far shores joining
Of mercy extended
Of groping and being grasped
Of holding and being held
Of bolstering, sustaining, raising up, sending on
Of making a way
Of walking on waters;
Today to each other; tomorrow to others still
Of loving and being loved.

May God be for you the binding vow,
The hidden only way,
Sustaining you this day and each to come
Above, below, beyond, forever.
May you know always together
      the presence of the Trinity
The joy of the Annunciation
The steadfastness of the Covenant.
And may you dwell in the garden of
      God’s faithfulness
All your days.

Published in the October 2022 issue: 

Patrick Jordan served as a managing editor for The Catholic Worker and for Commonweal.

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