Wedding ceremony poem: On Marriage
We are working with a couple that is wanting a more spiritual ceremony rather than a religious ceremony. It can be difficult to find readings and passages that are not religiously-based, yet still speak about love and marriage. One of the bride’s favorite books is The Prophet and a poem really spoke to her and her fiance: On Marriage by Kahlil Gibran. They have decided this is the poem that will be read and for them is the most meaningul part of their entire ceremony:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
-Reverend Thomas and Leah Dugan