With Valentine's Day almost upon us, I thought it would be nice to reflect back upon some of the lovely words that were spoken at our wedding ceremony last May. We had two readings, each given by longtime friends. Both speak about love but in very different ways. The first is romantic and makes my heart swell each time I read it. The other is offbeat and funny, mostly because it is such a true comparison. (You'll have to read on to find out exactly what love is compared to!)
by Roy Croft
I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can't help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good,
And more than any fate
To make me happy.
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
"How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog"
by Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York. (or, San Diego for us!)
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Somethimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions
at once, or wind itself around and around you
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
Do you have any favorite passages or poems about love? Share below in the comments!
(Photos from our wedding, taken by heidi-o-photo)