Oulipost #13: Epithalamium

Today was day 13 of Ouliposting and it found me in Indiana with family this morning and then at a friend’s memorial service this afternoon. However, I did find time to write my poem this morning, even though there was an extra monkey wrench thrown into the mix: we were supposed to use a wedding/engagement announcement from the local paper and they don’t put them in there anymore!!! So, since I was in Indiana, I thought I’d look at the local paper there…and no…none there either. I ended up using a “classified” wedding anniversary announcement from the Toledo Blade and got what I needed. It was a happy announcement, but my poem took an interesting twist…and some strange rhymes, but that’s half the fun, isn’t it? Here is my poem for today, the sourced announcement, and the Oulipost prompt:

Harmony Irony Hymn

To mate

they met –

Tony, in IN,

Honey, hot

in OH. Many

more are on

their team,


another year,

ten at home –

Tom, Mark, Troy,

Ken, Mike, Noah,

Martin, Jay, Jake,



Yet, mother Mary –

into ham, mayo

or honey, no rhyme

or art, on time



Their oath –

one anytime army:




“‘Hoyt’s 47th’ – Jim & Karen.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Letters used: J I M K A R E N H O Y T

Articles used for sourced words:

Bilyeu, Mary. “Celebrate Easter with dinner out.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Blade Staff. “Strong pitching carries Indians over Mud Hens.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Harns-Taylor, Marlene. “Group sets goal of deeper effort to fight racism.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Hendel, Barbara. “Opening Day: Play on the field and off.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Lane, Tahree. “Genial pursuit: Trivia games pack local bars, restaurants.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Martinez, Federico. “Youths make a difference cleaning parks.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Monroe, Mark. “Woeful Walleye still draw crowds.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

“SOFO Foods – The Market.” Advertisement. Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

Vallongo, Sally. “Historic concert at Huntington Center as title would imply, a joy.” Toledo Blade 13 Apr. 2014. Web.

In addition, I made a few words from the letters in play to make the poem “complete.”

Oulipost Prompt:


An Oulipian epithalamium, or marriage song, is one composed exclusively with the letters of the names of bride and groom (bride and bride, groom and groom, etc). Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Write a poem using only words that can be made with the letters in their name. You may choose to use first names only if you prefer anonymity or full names if you’re desperate for more letters.

See you tomorrow!




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