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The Perfect Wedding Speech

wedding ceremony

The Willow

The willow is simply a magnificent tree,
hang on, I dont want to make this too elegant, too terse,
but then again, I dont think I can resist the opportunity,
so can you stand just a little more of Jesson verse?

Now, Im sure Ill come back to the willow later,
and what I say then, might touch your heart,
but before we get to that, Ive some thoughts,
now, where on Earth can I possibly start?

I guess Ill start at the very beginning,
because Mum, youve always been there for me,
and I just wanted to say thank you, I love you very much,
youve made my world a better place to be.

Now, of course, I must mention my two brothers,
dont worry, I havent forgotten you Jill, I mean wife,
but Ian and Paul, traditionally, youve been the best men today,
and just for the record, youve been the best men in my life.

Now, Ive always known Jill to be a remarkable woman,
but shes put this wedding together, without a pause,
so, ladies and gentlemen, Im sure youll agree with me,
she deserves a massive, heartfelt round of applause.

But I also know shes had a team of miracle workers,
and in truth, theres just too many to individually list,
just know that theres not one thought, gesture or action,
well, just know that theres not one thats been missed.

And I know that today wouldnt have happened without you,
and I think those are words that everybody understands,
so, miracle workers, Id like to applaud you,
once again, please put together those grateful hands.

Id also like to thank my wider family,
and from today, that number has officially grown,
just know that you all have a special place in my heart,
Im very grateful for all the love that youve shown.

Of course, I must make special mention of Norman,
as hes only a dozen short of the magical ton,
and I think, from today, Ill follow a family tradition,
from today, Ill call you Dad (and you can call me son).

Theres another group of people that I must mention,
thats certainly before these lines come to their ends,
because I know that genuine friendship is so rare, so fragile,
but its really, really nice to be surrounded by so many friends.

I started this story talking about the wonderful willow,
because it has a remarkable character, thats what Ive found,
it has an innate, magnificent will to thrive and strive,
even when lightning brings it crashing to the ground.

And just to share a piece of new found wisdom,
this species of willow is actually called crack,
and although itll bend and sway in the breeze,
untold pressure will eventually break its back.

But you can even strip it bare, string it up,
its versatile, and it can still make quite a handy bat,
you can even move it across the garden (and watch it grow),
but Im sorry, its not quite as simple as that.

Because that willow, my friends, represents “me”,
I always had the will, but my esteem was so low,
I always knew that I had this passion inside of me,
but I just didnt have the right garden in which to grow.

That was until I reconnected with Jill,
28 years later, we still found we had the spark,
and where once there was desert, there was new growth,
and a truly beautiful light filled my lonely dark.

So Jill, my wife, I just wanted to say thank you,
Im so glad that its you that I finally got to choose,
because without love, you really have nothing at all,
and every poet needs his inspiration, his muse.

So, my darling, beautiful, talented, magical wife,
but then again, Ive always known you as my Jilly Jay.
just know that Ill love you tomorrow, Ill love you forever,
and that, I couldnt be any prouder, on this, our wedding day,

Copyright Allen Jesson :o) 2005

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