Poetry News Flash—“The Life That I Have” by Leo Marks Was Recited at Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

Chelsea Clinton, in her wedding to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, re-introduced people to the poetry of Leo Marks.

The couple was married Saturday in the Astor Courts estate of Rhinebeck, N.Y. Their official wedding poem was “The Life That I Have,” by the late British poet Leo Marks.

According to Forbes, the poem was written in memory of Marks’ girlfriend, Ruth, who died in a plane crash in Canada in 1943. He received the news from her father on Christmas Eve and wrote the poem, addressed to her, that evening.

In his 1998 memoir, “Between Silk and Cyanide,” he wrote: “I transmitted a message to her which I had failed to deliver when I’d had the chance.

I hope that you enjoy the poem below “The Life That I Have”:

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Photo images and poem are quoted or withdrawn from CBS news at CBS News

Let’s wish Chelsea A Very Happy Marriage! Cheers!

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25 thoughts on “Poetry News Flash—“The Life That I Have” by Leo Marks Was Recited at Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

  1. Thank you for posting this lovely bit of poetry in the news! It’s nice to see positive things like this receiving attention, especially when that news includes poems!

    Also, thank you for commenting on my day 12 blog poem…the feedback was much appreciated. 🙂

  2. What great photo’s. I love that poem and the history behind it is really cool. She made a beautiful bride and I’m glad she did it all her way.

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