Oulipost #13: Destiny?

EPITHALAMIUM: Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Today’s paper yielded none, but there was a lovely story of a nearly 60 year union of Rudy and Lily Tenes. I chose them. Their story was much happier than the resulting poem.


Trust tested, turned dull

Unrest endured

Listened, stunned



Trust turns rusty,

Deny, deny, denied


Tired, tense, unruly




Suddenly silent inside


Tender is Untenderness

True is sullied, untrue

Less results in less ‘n less

True test resisted entry


Turn, turn, turn



Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 13, 2014. (The Lady and the Bullfighter: A Love Story, Rudy and Lily Tenes)

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops for children and adults. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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