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Poems for a Marriage Ceremony

One of the most popular forms of reading at modern secular ceremonies, are poems. There is a huge body of works from which you may choose, and there is no rule of thumb regarding your final choice.

Below is a collection of popular poems that you may decide to use.

Love's Coming

Quietly as rosebuds
Talk to the thin air,
Love came so lightly,
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as lovers
Creep at the middle moon,
Softly as players tremble
in the tears of a tune;

Quietly as lilies
Their faint vows declare
Came the shy pilgrim:
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as tears fall
On a warm sin,
Softly as griefs call
In a violin;

Without hail or tempest,
Blue sword of flame.
Love came so lightly
I knew not that he came.

John Shaw Neilson

The Wedding Vow

You are not the air that I breathe,
You are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
You are not the food that I need,
You are the nourishment of my soul

You are not my will to survive
You are my reason for living
It is with you that I experience the wonders of the world
It is with you that I triumph over the challenges in my path

It is your partnership that will lead me
to the fulfillment of my dreams
It is your friendship that guides me
as I learn and grow

It is your patience and wisdom
that calms my restless nature
It is through you that I know my true self
I do not take you for granted, I cherish you

I do not need you, I choose you
I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us
I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts
I choose you in strength and weakness

I choose you in health and in sickness
I choose you in joy and sorrow
I will choose you, over all others,
every day for all the days of my life

Author Unknown

From The Art Of Marriage

A good marriage must be created.
In the marriage, the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other,
not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation,
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo
or the wife to have the wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
Understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere
in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the Spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which
the independence is equal, dependence is mutual,
and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner,
it is BEING the right partner.
This is "The Art of Marriage".

William A Petersen

What is Love?

Love is just not looking at each other and saying "You're wonderful".
There are times when we are anything but wonderful.
Love is looking out in the same direction.
It is linking our strength to pull a common load.

It is pushing together towards the far horizons, hand in hand.
Love is knowing that when our strength falters, we can borrow the strength of someone who cares.
Love is a strange awareness that our sorrows will be shared and made lighter by sharing;

That joys will be enriched and multiplied by the joy of another.
Love is knowing someone else cares that we are not alone in life.

Annie's Song

You fill up me senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses come fill me again.

John Denver

Reading for a Second Marriage

Everywhere I look I see a world unlike before;
as if the earth was made today,
and now must be explored.
The scent of flowers waft
throughout the air for many miles.

I can't remember it smelling so sweet.
It has been quite a while.
The trees around me seem to bend
their boughs as I walk by.
How wonderful, this newfound love
of each and every life.

All around the bluebirds fly.
They seem to follow my lead.
Right beside me, my new love walks.
There's nothing else I need.
He breathes in deep, then looks at me
and breaks into a smile.

"It's nicer now," He says to me.
"I think I'll stay a while."
As we start our lives anew, I thank the Creator for the
second chance to live with love,
and to share my love with you.

Author Unknown

Destinies Love

A fortunate meeting defined by fate and revealed by destiny
an enchanting moment beyond the realm of reason
cunningly disguised in direst circumstances
whose touch is visible only to poetic souls

It chooses its own time and place
evermore pretentious of purpose,
Crossing its hollowed path is futile
even frustrating to willing victims
‘cause it doesn’t bend its will to ones’ desire

Teasing a consoled mind to go astray
that’s always a part of the plan;
Yet it likewise reassures us to hold on …
to believe in destiny
and to let fate guide us on our journey

We are all willing victims to its wicked ploy
battling confusion, doubt, love and pain
with a fragile sword
‘tis we hang on to a flicker of hope,
‘cause we believe in destiny
and so it is, that I find this to be
the best explanation why I believe in you…

Saffiya

Your Song

Your song sings always in me
even when you are silent,
even when you are away.

To me there is no sound
as soft as you,
no voice on earth
that gives my feet
such wings,
no whispered prayer
filled with so much promise.

Your voice is the pillow
on which I rest my heart,
the blanket with which

I warm my dreams,
the bed in which my soul
learns its nightly lesson
of everlasting love.

Devoted

My heart can be your home.
My soul can be your refuge.
You can turn to me when you are weak.
You can call to me when the way is not clear.

I will be your promise, your prayer, and I
will always be there.
Constant, complete.
Run to me, reach out for me and I will love
you in a unique and tender way.

Bring your love to me.
Share your love with me.
Sing your love to me, and I will give you
peace, ease and comfort.

Charles Ghigna

Today

Today I marry my friend,
the one I laugh and cry with,
the one I have learned from and shared with.

This one I have chosen to support,
encourage and give myself to,
through all the days given us to share.
Today I marry the one I love.

Anon

Touch the Air Softly

Now touch the air softly, step gently, one, two ...
I'll love you 'til roses are robin's egg blue;
I'll love you 'til gravel is eaten for bread,
And lemons are orange, and lavender's red.

Now touch the air softly, swing gently the broom.
I'll love you 'til windows are all of a room;
And the table is laid, And the table is bare,
And the ceiling reposes on bottomless air.

I'll love you 'til heaven rips the stars from his coat,
And the moon rows away in a glass-bottomed boat;
And Orion steps down like a river below,
And earth is ablaze, and oceans aglow.

So touch the air softly, and swing the broom high.
We will dust the grey mountains, and sweep the blue sky:
And I'll love you as long as the furrow the plough,
As however is ever, and ever is now.

William Jay Smith

Oath of Friendship

I want to be your friend
For ever and ever without break or decay.
When the hills are all flat
And the rivers are all dry,

When it lightens and thunders in winter,
When it rains and snows in summer,
When Heaven and Earth mingle
Not til then will I part from you.

Anon - China, 1st Century BC

The Key to Love

The key to love is understanding ...
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness ....
to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.

The key to love is inside us all ...
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work ... but the rewards are more than worth the effort ...

and that is the key to love.

Anon
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