Jessica and Christopher Telfer

Jessica & Christopher:
(On the blessed occasion of your marriage at St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, West Indies, on the fourth day of June, in the year of the Lord, Two Thousand and
Joined now with mindfulness in Holy Matrimony.
Each of you becoming one.
Serving your Maker Jesus Christ.
Serving Him your LORD and Master.
Inscribing on your lips and in your heart.
Challenges to be met, embraced, overcome.
A compact forged out of greater love.

And in this challenge growing ever closer.
Nearer both of you as one in Spirit.
Discovering deeper Truth in Bridal Mystery.

Cling to that path that gives direction.
Hindered not by any obstacles.
Remember you two are cleaved as one.
In Holy Matrimony God is your Potter.
Sealing you both with Holy Spirit.
Together then you journey forward.
Onward the path, nearer to Him.
Patience, Kindness, Faith, Hope, and Love.
Heed the words of God’s Commandments.
Each of you as man and woman.
Renewed by Trust, recompensed with holiness.


About this poem

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, my wife, Florence Hershell Pu-Folkes and I, witnessed the marriage of our niece, Jessica Noelle Folkes to Christopher Telfer, both of Jamaica, West Indies. It was a joyful occasion to meet many friends and relatives and celebrate with them the union of two prominent Jamaican families. The Holy matrimony was followed by a sumptuous meal and, on Sunday, June 5, 2016, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and Sermon at St. Andrew Parish Church, Hagley Park Road, Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica. This poem, “Jessica and Christopher Telfer,” was composed to honor the new couple, to celebrate their marriage, and to wish them well in their spiritual lives as husband and wife. The three stanzas of the poem are written in acrostic format to highlight memory of the occasion. 

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Written on March 13, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 13, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on July 25, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,076
Words 202
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 11, 3, 11, 2

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Symmetry58
    What a beautiful tribute to those who are loved. What better gift than an expression of one's love on a special day. Beautifully written poetry, Karl. Thank you for sharing.
    LikeReply2 years ago


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