I've written a lot of poems & short stories over the last two years but not published them on here as I explored whether they were of interest to the many magazines that ask poets to make submissions. It seems they are not of interest elsewhere, yet still I find people encouraging me to make them available. I don't have the time to self-publish a pamphlet, so I will begin to make available on here. There is quite a backlog so I won't post them all in a rush. If you like any then please make use of them. If you don't, then continue to ignore!
Two hearts meld, blending life
lines as two voices speak over
one promise, the long desired vows taken,
given, received. And this is not the first time
two people have stood on this spot making
vows to love and to cherish, ‘till death us do part.
Nor the first time I have clasped
two hands together and declared
“those whom God has joined together,
let no one separate.”
Yet here we stand,
for the first time
woman to woman
bride to bride
taking first steps
on a newly laid pathway,
declaring this is love,
enriching worn footsteps
embracing torn families.
Here we are - joining old ways to the future,
crossing a line to declare, “God is love ,
those who abide in love abide in God
and God abides in them.” Two hearts as one
song, one promise, the long fought-for vows
given, received; sign of all that we shall share.
© Craig Muir 2019
It was my privilege to lead the first church based same-sex marriage in Coventry and Warwickshire at Ansty Road United Reformed Church in August 2019. I wrote this for the happy couple Helen and Taz and offer it for them and others who are making these historical steps. It was a lovely day and I was glad that they were happy enough with the poem to go and tell Coventry Telegraph all about it.
So after getting used to my usual routes to Manchester, Bolton and around Coventry as well as a couple to North London, it was time for a longer trip, the 262 miles to our holiday house on the Solway Firth. It is normally a 5 hour journey including a break - this was going to be longer.