I am nowhere near to getting married anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought of what I’d like to have as part of that ‘big day’. Aside from special touches and decorative themes, I love to write and I’ve often thought of that dreaded four-letter word: Vows. When it comes to couples (both in real life and those rom-com movies), the vows seems to cause a big ruckus. You could just go with the classic ‘Til death do us part’, but why not strive to be original and really profess your love? Get a little creative! And I don’t mean corny, so don’t get suspicious.
The issue with writing your own vows? It can be mission impossible for many. It’s tough if you don’t have that creative spark or you have trouble writing your feelings out. No, this is not a foretelling of your marriage, you simply can’t find your voice. Sure, it’s not totally wrong to write something like: I love you more than bread…but I think you can do better. Something that stops time and holds within it all the best parts of the earth and of each other. Something monumental, something that won’t age with time. For all those about to tie the knot, I’ve found sublime poems and prose excerpts that (to me at least) aren’t cliche, cheesy, or corny that you can use as your vows. Your spouse will thank you.
We see in the distance…
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out of time.
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine? —
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.
4. Every Day by David Levithan
This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.
Understand, I’ll slip quietly
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,
With only this one dream:
You come too.
No peevish winter wind shall chill
No sullen tropic sun shall wither
The roses in the rose-garden which is ours and ours only
But this dedication is for others to read:
These are private words addressed to you in public.
I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
If you care for your love more than bread itself, I think these poems will put the stars in their eyes.
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