This lovely poem was written for Mark and Laura Selby who were married in Holy Trinity Markbeech in August.
Under the spreading sentinels of the Weald,
leafage gives space for a sanctuary more
decorated than expected, a shield
from temporal concern, without temporal flaw.
In the sanctuary’s vault, Christ is ascendant,
Earth trivial at the mauve heaven’s base.
Beneath, a man and woman enter a covenant
that’s an outward sign of an inward grace.
By the giving and receiving of your rings,
by your joining of hands attuned to the call of art,
by your sealing kiss, your love sings
in all of us and makes its proving mark
in the timeline kept by this timeless house,
on this Earth revitalised by your vows.