Wednesday, 9 June 2010

A House of Stone

In the village where I was born, we wish
A house of stone to shelter the heart of a marriage
So here too, I wish you
Obstinate, strong love, unyielding and unending.
May you be in reach of each other when all seems lost,
May your tears and your smiles happen always face to face.
When you imagine that you have shared everything
May you know that you still have the rest of your lives
To do it all again and again.
But now listen to the hurry of bells and
Look how the petals of roses about the vineyard
Bring you words of husband and wife:
First words in your house of stone.
Carmen Bugan

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I love the inclusion of wishing the couple a home and including the wedding ceremony in the poem. My favourite line is 'obstinate, strong love, unyielding and unending'.

5 comments:

  1. You're giving me all sorts of ideas for my wedding :)

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  2. They are beautiful words for those who've been together a long time as well as those just starting out. They touched me and this is our 25th year of marriage!

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  3. Beautiful! I like the imagery of building a house of stone around your marriage to protect it. Love it.

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  4. Glad you all like it.
    Verity - when is your wedding? So looking forward to hearing about the words you'll be choosing.

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  5. Why does the poem say "vineyard"? Surely it should be "church yard"?

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