Can anyone recommend a non-sentimental reading for a wedding in April?
Preferably something a bit unusual.
Mand, there may be something suitable here:
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Most like an arch this marriage
Most like an arch--an entrance which upholds
and shores the stone-crush up the air like lace.
Mass made idea, and idea held in place.
A lock in time. Inside half-heaven unfolds.
Most like an arch--two weaknesses that lean
into a strength. Two fallings become firm.
Two joined abeyances become a term
naming the fact that teaches fact to mean.
Not quite that? Not much less. World as it is,
what's strong and separate falters. All I do
at piling stone on stone apart from you
is roofless around nothing. Till we kiss
I am no more than upright and unset.
It is by falling in and in we make
the all-bearing point, for one another's sake,
in faultless failing, raised by our own weight.
da Vinci: "An arch is two weaknesses which together make a strength
Excerpts from Gregory Corso's poem MARRIAGE could work. Depends on the bride and grooms sense(s) of humor. Read it at:
Heck, I'd read the whole thing. (probably why I'm not married......)
Ooer. Corso's one is a bit saucy.
The Golden Chain of Marriage
Marriage is a golden chain. The links are friends so dear. And like a precious jewel, it's treasured more each year.
It's clasped together firmly with a love that's deep and true, and it's rich in happy memories and fond recollections too. Time can't destroy its beauty for as long as memory lives, years can't erase the pleasure that the joy of marriage gives. For marriage is a precious gift that can't be bought or sold, and to have an understanding heart is worth far more than gold.
And the golden chain of marriage is a strong and special tie, binding kindred hearts together as the years go passing by. May this be the start of a happy new life that's full of special moments to share. May this be the first of your dreams coming true and of hope that will always be there. May this be the start of a lifetime of trust and of caring that's just now begun. May today be a day that you'll always remember the day when your hearts become one.
I give you this ring as a token of my love and a symbol of our future together. I promise to live with you and laugh with you. To stand by your side, in the good times and the bad times. To be a joy to your heart, and share with you all that I have from now, until the end of my life.