Westport Island Wedding
Views from a big day on a small cove
On August 4 as the day wound down, Samantha Hodgdon and Caleb Bonyun married — uniting families with long histories on the Island. The tides, the sun, and the guests put on their best to bless this beginning.
Westport Island’s own “poet laureate”, Jerry Day Mason, spoke. She shared this poetic prayer that she originally wrote, published, and has now adapted for Samantha and Caleb — who started seriously dating in the month of March some years ago…
Wedding Prayer (for Sam and Caleb)
In March, the apple tree bent toward spring
as you toward one another.
All things are at a being and beginning.
Now, may your love be both a dewed cobweb catching sun
and the sure flight of wings.
May it be a coming of all wondrous things
to bring you solace for your tears and a belief in dreams.
May you always need each other.
May you always touch.
— J. Day Mason
adapted from the original Wedding Prayer published in “Speaking to Strangers”