This is from her amazing seventh book of poetry. It’s about losing her mom and how much she misses her in her life. The book is just outstanding and heartrending. Keep tissues around. ****
This was one of my favorite poems “June Wedding”. Your refers to her mom.
Fyi there should be a return every three lines between stanzas.
The florist wrapped my bridal bouquet
with the lace from your wedding gown.
I squeezed it as dad walked me down the aisle.
The wedding portrait of you two sat framed
on the boat’s hull, next to the wedding portrait
of my now-husband’s parents, also deceased.
There were so many ghosts to invite to this wedding,
we decided to have it on a boat. The sun could shine
wherever it wanted. Everything was filled with light.
After the ceremony, my best friend evoked your name.
Raising her glass into the air, she said she could feel
how happy you must be right now.
My husband smiled at me, as my now-stepdaughter
reached up to touch my face. I looked at her.
Happy tears, yes? she asked, cupping my cheeks.
Yes, I tell her, and mean it. I kiss her, and then him.
Behind this sea of family and friends, I see the light:
how it bounces off the water and races towards us,
how it ripples boundless, like electricity, like joy,
like your laughter, irresistible and bright,
an impossible thing to contain.