In Search of a Marriage Poem

For the past two years I have given calligraphy as a Christmas gift.

I started the practice because I couldn’t find a way to preserve the Home Blessing that Dan’s grandmother held so dear. She had saved the blessing for years, but the paper that it was written on had seen better days. Unable to find the blessing for sale anywhere, I took matters into my own hands. (Darn if I can find a picture of it though).

I had taught myself how to do calligraphy years ago so that I could address our wedding invitations. Surprisingly, my hand remembered how to make many lowercase letters in the Old English alphabet. The uppercase letters required more practice.

This past Christmas, I transcribed an excerpt of Billy Collin’s Question About Angels poem for my aunt who loves angels.

She told me recently how much she enjoys the poem and how much she appreciated all the work I put into it.

I didn’t need the praise. I truly enjoy doing calligraphy.

With 3 (yes 3) weddings coming up this year, I wanted to find a poem about marriage that I could transcribe for the happy couples. I searched through my favorite poetry books and came up empty.

Most of the poems about love that I found were from a man’s perspective written to a woman. I want the poem to be for both the bride and the groom.

There is the traditional “Love is kind and etc” but I was hoping for something a bit more modern, unique and fun. Any ideas?

Maybe I should look to a novel and pull an excerpt out. Unfortunately, I’m drawing a blank. I don’t often never read romance books.  Can you recommended any good books where marriage is a theme (and a good one)?


4 thoughts on “In Search of a Marriage Poem

  1. Salish marriage blessing

    Now for you there is no rain, for one is shelter to the other.
    Now for you the sun shall not burn, for one is shelter to the other.
    Now for you nothing is hard or bad, for the hardness and badness is taken by one for the other.
    Now for you there is no night, for one is light to the other,
    Now for you the snow has ended always, for one is protection for the other.
    It is that way, from now on, from now on. And now there is comfort.
    Now there is no loneliness. Now forever, forever, there is no loneliness.

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