The Marriage Song of the Land Girl – One A Week 2020

This is another poem written and displayed at the exhibition to commemorate the closure of the Bordon Barracks, in Hampshire, England. I have since set it to music and it has been arranged as a duet by my partner in The Ariel Band, Pete Stephens.

With my long hair loose I wore Jenny’s khaki shoes
and that brooch you found in a puddle by the Ouse
My threads were khaki too but my ribbons powder blue
I got wed in my working dress the day I married you

We were married in a place where the wild hares race
We made our vows at an altar of grey hay
Honey-makers sang on the way to their hives
Pollen-stained confetti blessed our lives
and our bridesmaids were a cuckoo and a jay

Our vows were sealed in a soft-scented field
Corn husks hymned to the yellowing day
A warbler called from the sparkling brook
silky rhythmic notes with a big band hook
and a scarecrow caught my bouquet

With my long hair loose I wore Jenny’s khaki shoes
and that brooch you found in a puddle by the Ouse
My gown was nearly new–I was back at work by two
I went to work in my wedding dress the day I married you

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