There are times when I have thought I could have had an alternate career in writing messages for greetings cards. Because I was the “family poet”, my family became pretty much accustomed to me writing things for each of them. I’ve written obituaries, birthday poems and marriage poems and wedding speeches. Here are just two marriage poems. One was for my sister and another was for some friends of an ex-boyfriend. Because of my writing skills, I always felt obliged to write a personal poem for every wedding I ever went to.
Marriage poem for Helen and Benn
Marriage is a chain soldered by love
Its links are the groom and the bride
They sail upon the sea of life
Where destiny is the tide
So Godspeed on your voyage of discovery and truth
Be bold, forthright explorers
In old age as in youth.
Never give up
For there will come times
When the sky’s looking cloudy and grey
But just like a balance with weights on each side
These clouds will be blown away
The sun will come out and shine down on you
And you’ll know in your secret heart
That together you are and together you’ll stay
Never to be broken apart.
Bound together by love, the greatest power of all.
Helen and Benn, I am wishing you both all the luck in the world.
Your sister, Sarah (01.06.2002)
Marriage poem for Marcel and Viola
You’ve made a commitment to one of whom you’re fond
May nothing in the world ever break this bond
May you be happy in everything you do
And to each other always be true
May you be strong enough to stand on your own
Yet be there for each other when you feel alone
Wishing you the very best on the occasion of your marriage.