In this time of COVID, Poetry

Posted by on Nov 1, 2020 in Marriage and Epidemics, The Wedding Service | 0 comments

In this time of COVID, Poetry

Dear Engaged Couples,

In these trying days, I have discovered that I can no longer read an entire book.  Politics and COVID have disrupted my ability to focus.  All I can muster in the way of reading, is poetry.  If a poem is written well, it presents complicated concepts with a scant few words.  Good poetry is honest, , too, and I so crave honesty.    

YOU have not let me down.  You are providing me with food for my word- and –truth-starved soul.  Thank you for sending me your favorite poems; poems you want read on your most special of days.  Thank you.

Here are a two poems I have recently received from YOU.  They are well worth the reading.   

It’s you I like http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/music/songs/its_you_i_like.html

It’s you I like,

It’s not the things you wear,

It’s not the way you do your hair

But it’s you I like

The way you are right now,

The way down deep inside you

Not the things that hide you,

Not your toys

They’re just beside you.

But it’s you I like

Every part of you.

Your skin, your eyes, your feelings

Whether old or new.

I hope that you’ll remember

Even when you’re feeling blue

That it’s you I like,

It’s you yourself

It’s you.

It’s you I like.

By Mr. Rogers

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All I know about Love https://journal.neilgaiman.com/2017/10/wedding-thoughts-all-i-know-about-love.html

This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing.

Only that the world out there is complicated,
and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,
and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,
is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,
and not to be alone.

It’s not the kisses, or never just the kisses: it’s what they mean.
Somebody’s got your back.
Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn’t want to rescue you
or send for the army to rescue them.

It’s not two broken halves becoming one.
It’s the light from a distant lighthouse bringing you both safely home
because home is wherever you are both together.

So this is everything I have to tell you about love and marriage: nothing,
like a book without pages or a forest without trees.

Because there are things you cannot know before you experience them.
Because no study can prepare you for the joys or the trials.
Because nobody else’s love, nobody else’s marriage, is like yours,
and it’s a road you can only learn by walking it,
a dance you cannot be taught,
a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.

And because in the darkness you will reach out a hand,
not knowing for certain if someone else is even there.
And your hands will meet,
and then neither of you will ever need to be alone again.

And that’s all I know about love.

By Neil Gaiman

And here are some sites with more poems, which may help you choose a wedding reading: https://poets.org/poem/these-hands-if-not-gods; and https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/68621/wedding-poems? That should be enough to get you started!

Your wedding preacher for hire

Poetry brooks

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