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Prayer for a Marriage

from Sleep Easy (Album) by The McMakens

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When we are old one night and the moon
arcs over the house like an antique
China saucer and the teacup sun 

follows somewhere far behind
I hope the stars deepen to a shine
so bright you could read by it 

if you liked and the sadness
we will have known go away
for awhile – in this hour or two 

before sleep – and that we kiss
standing in the kitchen not fighting
gravity so much as embodying 

its sweet force, and I hope we kiss
like we do today knowing so much
good is said in this primitive tongue 

from the wild first surprising ones
to the lower dizzy ten thousand
infinitely slower ones—and I hope 

while we stand there in the kitchen 
making tea and kissing, the whistle
of the teapot wakes the neighbors.


from Sleep Easy (Album), released October 1, 2009
Text by Steve Scafidi
Music by W. Trevor McMaken


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The McMakens Aurora, Illinois

The McMakens is husband and wife duo Bonnie and Trevor McMaken. Their unique style of timeless American songwriting, lush instrumentation, and evocative vocals can be heard on their full-length albums "Homegrown" and "Sleep Easy," as well as their worship EP "In Wilderness and Glory." ... more

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