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The Perfect Wedding Speech

wedding ceremony

The Willow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iíd 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,
Iím very grateful for all the love that youíve shown.

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

Thereís another group of people that I must mention,
thatís certainly before these lines come to their ends,
because I know that genuine friendship is so rare, so fragile,
but itís 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, thatís what Iíve 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 ďcrackĒ,
and although itíll bend and sway in the breeze,
untold pressure will eventually break itís back.

But you can even strip it bare, string it up,
itís versatile, and it can still make quite a handy bat,
you can even move it across the garden (and watch it grow),
but Iím sorry, itís 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 didnít 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,
Iím so glad that itís 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, Iíve always known you as my Jilly Jay.
just know that Iíll love you tomorrow, Iíll love you forever,
and that, I couldnít be any prouder, on this, our wedding day,

Copyright Allen Jesson :o) 2005

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