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Readings and Poetry

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 12:55 AM

Why have readings and poetry during a wedding ceremony? 

Firstly, its a way of honouring special friends and family by asking them to contribute to your ceremony.

And secondly, it is a way of elevating the your wedding ceremony into a higher realm, out of the ordinaryness of everyday life.

Thirdly, the choice of readings or poems expresses your own values and meanings you wish to add into the ceremony.

The journey of delving into the world's literature to find just the right reading for your unique ceremony is an inspiring process in itself.

Sonnet 69, by Pablo Neruda

Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence, 

without you moving, slicing the noon 

like a blue flower, without you walking 

later through the fog and the cobbles, 

without the light you carry in your hand, 

golden, which maybe others will not see,

which maybe no one knew was growing 

like the red beginnings of a rose. 

In short, without your presence: without your coming 

suddenly, incitingly, to know my life, 

gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind: 

since then I am because you are, 

since then you are, I am,we are, 

and through love I will be, you will be, we'll be.


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