Ceremony Reading: Begin by Brendan Kennelly

PARTY & EVENT PHOTO BOOTH HIRE

Ceremony Reading: Begin by Brendan Kennelly

May 22, 2021 GROOVYBOOVE PHOTO BOOTH 0
20170706 190337 308 IMG 3411 keyed • photo booth hire

What is a wedding if not the beginning of an exciting new chapter? Which is why today’s ceremony reading, Begin by Brendan Kennelly is the perfect fit for a wedding reading. The Irish poet and novelist is known for his clear imagery and down-to-earth style, and while this poem isn’t about love or joy, it does have a romantic optimism that will resonate with your guests.

Begin by Brendan Kennelly

Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing though with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.

Get more ideas for wedding readings by Irish poets

Photo by Fraser Stewart Photography via One Fab Day

ORIGINAL SOURCE: www.onefabday.com