I Do

(1974)
I Do was completed August 1, 1974 in New York City and is included in Eight Songs, published by Boosey & Hawkes, 1981. It is from a commissioned group of songs, including Sweet Suffolk Owl and Isaac Greentree.

--Esther Jane Hardenbergh
I Do
by James Purdy

I'll mail lilacs & lilies
& roses to you,
& great big hats
with ribbons of blue

will express brass & tympani
and the honey sax
if you vow to espouse
the king of the cats

you'll sit on a throne
of diamonds and moss
& your crown'll be gold,
sprinkled with dross.

this offer comes once
in a lifetime or two
pin on your wings
& say I do.

From The Running Sun by James Purdy
(Paul Warner Press)
Copyright 1968 by James Purdy

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