Just a quick note to say that two esteemed members of the TNB community are today wed: Judy Prince, styled ‘Squirrul’ by her new husband, and ‘Rodent,’ as you know him from his spare,but elegant and erudite participation on the comment boards.  The wedding took place today, 26 November 2010 at 1:30pm local time, at ‘The Lady of North’, St.Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington, UK.

I have known them both through online discussion of poetry for a couple of years, and am proud of having introduced them to TNB through Judy’s feature (the poem ‘Werner von Braun as a St. Kildan Bird’ and her self-interview) almost exactly a year ago, and I’m delighted they’ve been so, ahem, engaged with TNB.  I learned of their betrothal (let’s use a proper poetic word, shall we?) right here, in a comment, to which I responded borrowing the masterly words of Edmund Spenser.


There, in a meadow, by the river’s side,
A flock of nymphs I chanced to espy,
All lovely daughters of the flood thereby,
With goodly greenish locks, all loose untied,
As each had been a bride;
And each one had a little wicker basket,
Made of fine twigs, entrailed curiously,
In which they gathered flowers to fill their flasket,
And with fine fingers cropt full feateously
The tender stalks on high.
Of every sort, which in that meadow grew,
They gathered some; the violet, pallid blue,
The little daisy, that at evening closes,
The virgin lily, and the primrose true,
With store of vermeil roses,
To deck their bridegrooms’ posies
Against the bridal day, which was not long:
Sweet Thames run softly, till I end my song.


Please help me extend our warmest wishes to the wedded pair.  We wish them many years of happiness in life, and many millenia of continued connection through the longevity of their literary and other works.

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UCHE OGBUJI is a founding editor of the TNB Poetry section. He is also co-creator and co-host of the Poetry Voice podcast. His short collection of poems Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press, 2013) is a winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Awards. To expand a bit, Uche Ogbuji was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived, among other places, in Egypt and England before settling near Boulder, Colorado where he lives with his wife and four children. Uche is a computer engineer (trained in Nigeria and the USA) and entrepreneur whose abiding passion is poetry. His poems, fusing Igbo culture, European Classicism, U.S. Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop influences, have appeared widely. Uche also snowboards, coaches and plays soccer, and trains in American Kenpo. You can catch more of the prolifically fraying strands of his life on his home page, or, heck, even on Twitter.

10 responses to “The Wedding of Squirrul and Rodent”

  1. M.J. Fievre says:

    Warm congrats to the newlyweds!

  2. Zara Potts says:

    Many congratulations! May your lives be filled with more joy than either of you can imagine.
    Joy! Love! Romance!

  3. I’m so happy for you guys! Hope it was a great day!

  4. Simon Smithson says:

    Congratulations, Squirrul and Rodent! May your matrimony be filled with health, happiness, and hazelnuts!

  5. Joe Daly says:

    Fantastic news!

    Congrats to the glorious Small Mammals of TNB on your great news! I look forward to reading all about it!

  6. Gloria says:

    Congratulations to both of you!! This is great news. 🙂

  7. Judy Prince says:

    Rodent and I thank each of you so very much for your wonderful kind wishes! And thanks, Uche, for letting folks know our latest news.

    Wow, it has been a wild week; I’ve gotten so far behind in reading TNB posts! Ah well (sighs).

    Will post a brief but unexpurgated video done by grandson 7 yr old Langston soon as I edit it.

    All the best,

    Newlywed Rodent and Squirrul

    • Judy Prince says:

      Yoohoo, Uche—–“The Wedding of Squirrul and Rodent” can be accessed on the home page either from the TNB Blog (in the 5-second shifting piccies atop the home page) or FROM THE TNB BLOG, further down the home page under the mid-band of piccies.

      Having chased your post, I’m now almost too tired to respond to your comment.

      Indeed, yes, Rodent and I have nothing to occupy our time now that we’re on our honeymoon—– our kids are grownup now, you see. 😉

      Yes, I’ll post the “Judy And Rodent Wedding” video soon, done by our 7 yr old grandchild, Langston Prince. It is brief and oft-embarrassing to vicar, bride and groom. How Langston managed to elude all efforts at quashing his videorecording during the ceremony, I do not know. P’raps it’s bcuz Englishfolk behave respectfully, particularly at traditional ceremonies; hence, they didn’t stop the little bugger from swooping around the bridal party, videocam strategically placed. He has a photographer’s killer instinct for spotlighting faux pas, that one. I fear for Kate Middleton.

      • Judy Prince says:

        Irene, just type “Judy” in the search box on the main page (top right). First up will be Uche’s post about our wedding, so click on it. It’s where I am right now.

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