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Poetry Pleases: Texture Of A Marriage

Here is a poem from Gerry Marks Tatham who was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and taught as an adjunct professor of English for Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, Tennessee) and University of Kentucky at its Fort Campbell campus. She has edited branch bulletins for American Association of Univesity Women, both in Tennessee and Florida. Her background in gag-writing includes personalized Gerry-bilt Cards: "For those who really care for the cheap way out."

Since the Tathams' retirement to Edgewater, Florida in 1995, Gerry has begun to publish poetry and short fiction. Two of her poems have been accepted for "The Poet's Page" in The Pen Woman and her poetry and short stories have been anthologized by Two Friends Publishers.

Gerry is presently writing a murder mystery in the "Malice Domestic" category and is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Fairy-built of dream stuff, cream-puff's core
Ghost-embracing, tangible as space
White passion, virgin-holy, reigning o'er
No earth-tone threads distort its heavenly grace

Bias-cut, it stretches on the rack
Young, proud, spun-cloud web of Cupid's wing
In realm where rust corrupts and moths attack
Through honey-suckle, Hymen's touch and Spring

The two whose essence cell-fed, spell bred, pure
Would melt into each other, merge as one
Converge in darkness, helpless to endure:
Eclipse, and shadow out each other's sun.

Love's fabric, angel-woven at its birth
Breeds fragile texture, torn to shreds on earth.

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