Spring Royal Wedding -- April 10, 2005

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Poetry on demand is the job of Britain's poet laureate, Andrew Motion, and he read his wedding verse, "Spring Wedding," to Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on their wedding day.

Andrew Motion, Britain's poet laureate, reading "Spring Wedding:"

I took your news outdoors, and strolled a while

In silence on my square of garden-ground

Where I could dim the roar of arguments,

Ignore the scandal-flywheel whirring round,

And hear instead the green fuse in the flower

Ignite, the breeze stretch out a shadow-hand

To ruffle blossom on its sticking points,

The blackbirds sing, and singing take their stand.

I took your news outdoors, and found the Spring

Had honored all its promises to start

Disclosing how the principles of earth

Can make a common purpose with the heart.

The heart which slips and sidles like a stream

Weighed down by winter-wreckage near its source --

But given time, and come the clearing rain,

Breaks loose to revel in its proper course.

Funnies

TV/Radio Correspondents Dinner:

Vice President Dick Cheney: "I have no intention of running for the nomination in 2008. I'm certain the Republican Party will do just fine in that election. We have a lot of terrific candidates out there. And just to prove my confidence in the field, I have agreed to lead the search committee to pick the next nominee."

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Leno: "Under the new requirements, you know, we're tightening up the borders. You know this. They say Canadians, who up to this point only need to show a driver's license to cross the border, will now need a passport. Canadians coming to the United States would have to bring a passport, or a bag of cheap prescription drugs."

Real Time with Bill Maher:

Maher: "It took almost a week but they finally did it, they finally buried the pope. It would have been faster, but as of last month, you know, no one dies now without permission from Congress. … Forty members of Congress also went to the funeral and they said it was great to be out of Washington and get a break from all that prayer and bible quoting."

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