One man, one woman
Host of family and friends
from near and far
Joy, celebration, love;
heaven comes down
while we witness,
in bright sunshine,
nature’s original intent
for him and her. . .
sacramental coupling more
mysterious and sweet than
we could have anticipated, so that the
coital coupling to come will conceive pure
A miracle of unity, this event transforms
all who are present and willing
to enter into their sacred intent toward each other,
in faithfulness, fidelity, finality.
Rare, but true.
John speaks of love and sacrifice, while
celestial grace streams from
Wisdom gets multiplied by two, and
far greater than we could have mustered,
erupts from the fearless conviction of their vows,
spoken boldly, with certainty, and yet lit up
around the edges, like this entire celebration itself,
with a slightly naughty mirth.
Such brave intent we see, in spite of the dissolution of all things holy that’s
going on out there in, you know. . .
the world, and all that other crap we hear about from time to time.
But now. . .
Their vowful miracle becomes
a blessing to us who witness, even
as they speak the gift into existence, pronouncing to
And then they skip away.
And so amazed are we
while we wonder at the the scene. We
had wandered in; now we float
out, in sacramental awe.
We eat, drink, dance, celebrate into the night until. . .
as suddenly as they had entered in,
bride and groom are gone.
To discover the greatest mysteries of life.
bequeaths us traces of infinite, unpredictable
with glintings of eternal grace.
This moment, remembered, shall inspire us
to consecrate today’s exchange, while
these two young ones are continually equipped,
to become one.
They’ll discover, as days and nights ripen,
that pleasure which is, in all of life, the most precious of all:
to behold, as days slip into years, that smile on the face
of the one you love.
They’ll come to savor it, like the finest wine, as Mom and Dad have,
and their Mom and Dad before them.
That unfathomable depth of joy will fortify
the life they share with invincible companionship.
While meanwhile, back at the ranch, parents bask in