A wedding poem for Eddie Grassi and Shalini Kaushik,  July 9, 2016, San Francisco, CA

“May the blessing of God be upon you,
         May peace abide with you,
         May God’s presence illuminate your heart,
             Now and forever more”
                              —a Sufi blessing  

May your lives, dear Shalini and Eddie, along with
your precious Madeline and Ethan, be filled with
God’s blessings, as earth is with flowers, so I pray

May the daisy’s simplicity bring you contentment,
May the rose’s beauty renew intimacy and fragrance
your words and deeds with kindness for all,

May the jasmine’s white stars’ intense perfume
make you dance even on cloudy days, May
the sacred marigold and chrysanthemum help

you soar through ordinary chores, May rosemary’s
tingling taste remind you to smile, May the tiny
Forget-Me-Nots, who pop up from earth each Spring,

refresh your memory of loved ones, who’ve passed over,
yet return when we call their names: Puspha Kaushik,
Joseph Grassi, May the violet’s vulnerable beauty bring

gentle care into your daily practices, May California’s
sky-blue lupine enlighten your works in the world,
May Passionflower calm any worries, May wild flowers

fill your home with fun and laughter, May lavender’s
sweet scent provide courage in facing challenges,
May arnica’s healing balm be at hand, May camellias,

chamomiles, azaleas, cherry blossoms, each and all
together, now act as a chorus singing of God’s
ever present blessings, and May laurel leaves be

woven into crowns for you, Shalini and Eddie,
as queen and king of each other’s heart
now and forever more  .  .  .

Congratulations! and much love,
Mom (Carolyn Grassi aka Cookie)


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary OConnor
    Sep 09, 2016 @ 21:09:14

    Carolyn, you’ve done it again! Your poetry sings, your images carry me aloft and I feel like I am floating …..freed from all the burdens of daily life…..I read this lovely homage to Eddie and his beloved aloud to Jim and he ,too, was enthralled.
    love you!


  2. Carolyn Grassi
    Dec 03, 2016 @ 14:56:51

    dear Mary, thank you so much for yours and Jim’s kind words. I will always treasure your encouraging my poetry, many moons ago, in your Palo Alto home.
    See you in January. till then, love, Carolyn


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"Carolyn Grassi's 'Heart and Soul' is fascinating in its fluent and affecting blend of memoir and poetry, reminiscence and sheer invention, loss, grief and homage. Adopting a persona at times, or imitating a seminal influence on her writing at other junctures, [Carolyn Grassi] has created a quilt of memories and reflections on a life's education—the journey we all hope to make from becoming to being, or from acting as disciples to representing ourselves and our art as apostles..."
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