Saturday, December 23, 2017

Abundant Artless Beauty

Although a bit blurry, this is our favorite picture of us.  Taken at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Today marks 13 years, 5 months, and 3 days since my first date with Ed (I know this because I used this online calculator).

And today is the day we are getting married!

I'm very excited to be the wife of one of the most amazing men I've ever met.  From the greatest first date I've ever had, until now, life with Ed has been great.  We've had our moments, arguments, disagreements.  Laughter, crying, napping (a lot).  Travels, adventures, holed up in the truck for days.  Many, many firsts, too many to count.  I've traveled this entire country three feet from this man, lived 300 days a year in a space the size of a large walk-in closet, and no matter what we've had to face, we've done it together.  Our love has been tested by trials of life and it's stood the test of time.  Two are better than one.

I'm glad to have found my one.

To commemorate this day, I want to share a poem I found online that I really loved.  It's Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner's take on an epithalamion.  And epithalamion (this is a new word to me) is a poetic term for a 
lyric poem in praise of Hymen (the Greek god of marriage).  An epithalamion often blesses a wedding and in modern times is often read at the wedding ceremony or reception.

An Epithalamion
by Tony Kushner

Conjunction, assemblage, congress, union:

Life isn't meant to be lived alone.
A life apart is a desperate fiction.

Life is an intermediate business:
a field of light bordered by love
a sea of desire stretched between shores.

Marriage is the strength of union.
Marriage is the harmonic blend.
Marriage is the elegance of counterpoint.
Marriage is the faultless, fragile logic of ecology:
A reasonable process of give and take
unfolding through cyclical and linear time.

A wedding is the conjoining of systems in which
Neither loses its single splendor and both are completely
transformed.  As, for example,
The dawn is the wedding of the Night and the Day,
and is neither, and both,
and is, in itself, the most beautiful time,
abundant artless beauty,
free and careless magnificence.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
2016: It's Never Too Late
2015: Pug Life
2014: The Capital Wheel Blur
2013: Shopping, Wrapping And Eating Is Exhausting
2012: This Space Available
2011: The Road To Laramie
2010: Muscling Christ Back Into Christmas
2009: Holiday Gift Suggestions
2008: Weighing In
2007: When You Need Maternity Clothes And You’re Not Pregnant, You Know It’s Time For A Diet
2006: It’s The Real Thing!
2005: Spiraling Out Of Control


MacDaddy said...

Absolutely wonderful


The Daily Rant said...

MacDaddy: Thank you!!