Love 20: The Wedding



The Wedding

first published in 1996 in The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile


Alice Oswald, British born 1966  Professor of Poetry, Oxford University, elected June 2019





From time to time our love is like a sail

and when the sail begins to alternate

from tack to tack, it’s like a swallowtail

and when the swallow flies it’s like a coat;

and if the coat is yours, it has a tear

like a wide mouth and when the mouth begins

to draw the wind, it’s like a trumpeter

and when the trumpet blows, it blows like millions



and this, my love, when millions come and go

beyond the need of us, is like a trick;

and when the trick begins, it’s like a toe

tip-toeing on a rope, which is like luck;

and when the luck begins, it’s like a wedding,

which is like love, which is like everything.






Railroaded, 2018, digital print mounted on aluminum. 

Alison Walls (no other information). On display at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia in 2019 in a joint exhibition:  Women’s Mobile Museum about the experience of women in exile. 




The header image is Aida Muluneh’s (Ethiopian born 1974) All in One, pigmented inkjet print. MOMA, NY