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The Clematis and The Oak

Posted by Rod Ferbrache on October 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM


It was such a joy to be able to write this poem for my youngest daughters wedding. The day was so perfect in every way, and these words brought a tear to many an eye.

The Gardener stood with his hand outstretched, and in it held a seed

A closer look revealed to me it wasn’t any weed

For in his grasp I clearly saw an acorn small and round

I wondered for a moment the reason why he found -

The need to have this item so common, so well known

But he said to me, you wait and see, until it’s fully grown


Into the ground the acorn went, t’was tended with such care

Yet what seemed to me like endless months the soil remained so bare

But then one day I saw a shoot emerge above the soil

The Gardner too had noticed it, but never ceased to toil

He weeded, feeded, kept an eye on what was now an oak

The ground around was kept so clean, this seedling mustn’t choke


And then he stretched his hand again; I leant forward so I could see

The tiny seed inside his grasp was as small as small could be

He told me this was a special seed that needed extra care

It couldn’t go in open ground that now was cold and bare

It went inside the glasshouse where conditions were just right

The Gardner gave it water, and gave it heat and light


It too began to germinate into a plant so fair

Eventually it too was placed outside in the fresh air

The years went by unnoticed, the oak and plant did well

The tree grew tall and handsome, the clematis, a beautiful smell

But something happened gradually, that no one seemed to see

The plant and tree grew bit by bit until it came to be

The plant reached out and grasped the oak and both grew up together

They soon became inseparable, that no matter what the weather –

The oak gave to the plant support and strength and protective cover

The plant brought scent and beauty as they entwined each other


I met the Gardner recently; we spoke of this and that

It didn’t take so very long before we began to chat –

About the tree before us, and the beauty of the shrub

I pointed out those two were one, and what an awful job –

That we would have to separate the two now joined together

He said that wasn’t in the plan, and had I thought that whether –

When he had planted both those seeds he had upon his mind

That if he grew them close enough together they would bind


You see we meet today together not because of chance

It’s not a coincidence that tonight Kate and Wynter will dance -

Together as husband and wife, that two become as one

The Gardner planned it years ago, today it has been done

God brought you both together, a woman and a man

We are not here by accident; it’s all part of His plan

Wynter be a strong oak tree, a support for our dear Kate

And Kate be beautiful and cling to him, you are his one soul mate


Marriage brings so many strengths; there are challenges with it too

But as you start this step together there’s one thing you must do

And that is like our story of the oak tree and the flower

If you hold each other tightly you will have such power

Let God who brought you both together, who tended plants and earth –

Give you both a marriage that you agree is worth –

More than any money, than any life apart

I urge you both that every day you give your life, your heart –

To one another, may you be ever true

Start and end each day together, with the words “I love you”.



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