"It was spring of 1980"
by Selden Smith
It was spring of 1980 when we planted
That tree beside the church where we were wed.
We stood before those gathered and we said
We'd give each other all the years we're granted.
It was a honey locust, just a stick.
We sank the root ball in the ground and posed
Before the camera in our wedding clothes,
Just happy kids. It sure as hell grew quick.
We set out on our own to make a life.
Most years had honey and locusts too.
But oh my honey, our love only grew,
And by good luck or fate you're still my wife.
Come stand again beside our wedding tree
And spread your branches to the sky with me.
About the Author
Selden Smith travels the country, persuading alumni of a large state university that their money will do the world more good in the university's coffers than their own bank accounts. He and Eve have been married for 28 years (GK broadcast a "happy anniversary" message on their 25th), and their daughter, Melaura, is an above-average college sophomore. He likes to sing, and although not a professional poet, he is, of course, an English major.
Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest Winner
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).