For Anne, On Her Anniversary

William married you on this date, 1582.

Eight years older, you seemed much wiser.

Later, you just seemed much older.

He to London. You with the kids.

I hope you had a beautiful garden.

 

anne


(Sometime after their twins were born, William Shakespeare moved to London to pursue an acting career and only came back to Anne in Stratford occasionally. She never visited him in London. The couple spent most of the rest of their marriage apart, but Shakespeare moved back to Stratford when he retired from the stage, and they spent the last six years of his life together.  She is buried next to him in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford.)

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Saint John’s Eve

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing 1786, William Blake

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing 1786, William Blake

 

Shakespeare made this magical night for lovers

dreaming foolishly amongst fairies, but Saint John,

patron saint of beekeepers, protected full hives,

mead to drink, a honey moon night

not long but setting many cradles rocking.

 

Honey-bees-in-a-hive