Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Epithalamium – Wordplay Wednesday™ 06/03/2020

Here Comes the Bride … With this Ring I Thee Wed 

When love’s first blush touched your cheek
Your eyes said what you couldn’t speak
Whispering softly, he called your name
Your hearts embraced without shame

Of words today, there is no need
You come together in love decreed
Unspoken poems fill your eyes
Your lives are bonded with silken ties

Hold the warmth and devotion today
Bound together in such a way
Your love will thrive from its sprouted seed
Throughout your lives, in heart and deed.
                              ~ L. Rochelle (2020)

EPITHALAMIUM (epʹi thɘ lāʹmē ɘm) n. – a song or poem in honor of a bride or bridegroom, or of both; nuptial song (also epithalamion; plural – epithalamia) [WW #271]

Come hell or high water … or COVID-19 … some lovey-dovey folks are bound and determined to enjoy a June wedding. After all, it’s tradition!

And now, more than ever, an epithalamium could be the bell of the ball. Making a wedding special has never been so challenging. When all else fails, words of love, especially for the devoted couple, will be more memorable than ever before.

Couples, wedding planners and wedding venues aren’t just thinking out of the box—they’re imagining outside social norms to make couples’ dreams come true. Outdoor weddings are a serious thought where social distancing is a must. But the San Diego County Clerk’s Office takes the wedding cake for helpfulness and ingenuity in this unique year.

Outside their offices, the county converted an empty concession stand to assist the nuptial public and dubbed it the Marriage Hut.

Reported NBC-7 San Diego news, “The hut has helped one thousand couples over the past two months. Some just come to pick up paperwork, but hundreds have gotten married right there on the other side of a sliding window -- 6 feet away from a county employee.” (May 28, 2020) Very cool! But did anyone recite or sing an epithalamium?

Where there’s a will there’s a way has never been so important to remember. And never more poignant than for weddings. Whether you’re the bride, groom, or attendee—in person on a neighbor’s lawn, or via Zoom—tap your creative juices for a memorable epithalamium to bring a moment of sweet normalcy to a ceremony far from normal.

Word Challenge: EPITHALAMIUM. Writers, use your unique skills to bring light and joy to people in love, as you fit epithalamium into your week of sentimental writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 

[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books in her Blast from Your Past series (of three) about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday and anytime Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

*Note: 1) Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Yes, we sometimes present them out of “official” context—but that’s half the fun! Think of it as “creative context.” 2) Neither I (LinDee Rochelle) nor Penchant for Penning are responsible for how you use information found here, that may result in legal action.


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