"I am large. I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Fail Not in the Little Graces

I have this poem which describes the kind of love I'd go for. For years I have been giving this poem out to friends who get married so this goes out to a couple of guy friends I have who are tying the knot this month. (Erm, maybe I should clarify that they're marrying two other women, not getting married to each other). Hee! :)

Blessing for a Marriage

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite
excitement marriage should bring,
and may life grant you also patience,
tolerance, and understanding.

May you always need one another -
not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because
it has a mountain towering over it.

May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!"
and take no notice of small faults.

If you have quarrels that push you apart,
may both of you hope to have
good sense enough to take the first step back.

May you enter into the mystery which is
the awareness of one another's
presence - no more physical than spiritual,
warm and near when you are
side by side, and warm and near when
you are in separate rooms
or even distant cities.

May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

~ by James Dillet Freeman

(Photo credit: Kaua Veronese)


benjiedlp said...

hey chim,

vicks and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this month.

last month we celebrated our 15th year together.

i am amazed and grateful.

we still have the book you gave us for our wedding. and fast approaching a time when we can qualify for its pages.


Mayang said...

Hey Zippy,

"Amazed and grateful."

That's so wonderful Zippy. You live such a grace-filled life. Please don't let that escape you.


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