Poetry Readings

Vows of the Heart Wedding Ceramonies

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~ By Walt Whitman ~

I do not offer the old smooth prizes, But offer rough new prizes, These are the days that must happen to you: You shall not heap up what is called riches, You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve. However sweet the laid-up stores, However convenient […]

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~ By Christina Rossetti ~

What is the beginning? Love. What the course. Love still. What the goal. The goal is Love. On a happy hill Is there nothing then but Love? Search we sky or earth There is nothing out of Love Hath perpetual worth; All things flag but only Love, All things fail […]

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Touched By An Angel

~ By Maya Angelou ~

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.

Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are […]

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To Althea, From Prison (Last Stanza)

~By Richard Lovelace~

Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage; If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free, Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.

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‘Til Death Do Us Part

~ By Carol D. Bos ~

I hope it is decades before death parts us But I don’t know what God has in mind I pray that he’ll let us be happy always But I can’t comprehend plans divine.

It may be that turmoil will dot our landscape With it’s gray skies and swirling intrusion […]

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Sudden Light

~ By Dante Gabriel Rossetti ~

I have been here before, But when or how I cannot tell; I know the grass beyond the door, The sweet keen smell, The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.

You have been mine before, How long ago I may not know: But just when at that […]

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Sonnet lxix

~ 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 […]

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Sonnet cxvi

~ By William Shakespeare ~

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love, Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests.. and is never shaken. It is the star to every wandering […]

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Sonnet 18

~ By William Shakespeare ~

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate… When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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Somewhere I Have Never Traveled

~ By E.E. Cummings ~

Somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me though i have closed myself as fingers, you open […]

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She Walks In Beauty

~ Lord Byron ~

She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow’d to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impair’d […]

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The Passionate Shepard to His Love

~ By Christopher Marlowe ~

Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. And we will sit upon rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I […]

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True Love

~ By Author Unknown ~

True love is a sacred flame That burns eternally, And none can dim its special glow Or change its destiny. True love speaks in tender tones And hears with gentle ear, True love gives with open heart And true love conquers fear. True love makes no harsh demands It neither […]

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My Love

Linda Lee Elrod ~

When I met you, I had no idea how much my life was about to be changed… but then, how could I have known?

A love like ours happens once in a lifetime. You were a miracle to me, the one who was everything I had ever dreamed of, the one […]

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Marriage

~ By Mary Weston Fordham ~

The die is cast, come weal, come woe, Two lives are joined together, For better or for worse, the link Which naught but death can sever. The die is cast, come grief, come joy Come richer, or come poorer, If love but binds the mystic tie, Blest is the […]

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Love’s Philosophy

~by Percy Bysshe Shelley~

The fountains mingle with the river, And the rivers with the ocean; The winds of heaven mix forever With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single: All things by a law divine In another’s being mingle– Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven, And the […]

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Love Lives

~ By John Clare ~

Love lives beyond The tomb, the earth, which fades like dew. I love the fond, The faithful, and the true Love lives in sleep, The happiness of healthy dreams Eve’s dews may weep, But love delightful seems.

‘Tis heard in Spring When light and sunbeams, warm and kind, On angels’ […]

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Love

~ By Roy Croft ~

I love you, Not only for what you are, But for what I am When I am with you.

I love you, Not only for what You have made of yourself, But for what You are making of me.

I love you For the part of me That you bring […]

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In Love Made Visible

~ By Mary Swenson ~

In love are we made visible As in a magic bath are unpeeled to the sharp pit so long concealed

With love’s alertness we recognize the soundless whimper of the soul behind the eyes A shaft opens and the timid thing at last leaps to surface with full-spread wing

The […]

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If Thou Must Love Me

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If thou must love me, let it be for naught Except for love’s sake only. Do not say, ‘I love her for her smile – her look – her way Of speaking gently,- for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant […]

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How Do I Love Thee

~ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, […]

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Hindu Marriage Poem

You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, unite. You are thought and I am sound.

May the nights be honey-sweet for us. May the mornings be honey-sweet […]

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Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land, And […]

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Fidelity

Man and woman are like the earth, that brings forth flowers in summer, and love, but underneath is rock.

Older than flowers, older than ferns, older than foraminiferae, older than plasm altogether is the soul underneath.

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Excerpt From 100 Love Sonnets

~ By Pablo Neruda~

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries […]

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Bridal Song

~John Ford~

Comforts lasting, loves increasing, Like soft hours never ceasing:

Plenty’s pleasure, peace complying, Without jars, or tongues envying;

Hearts by holy union wedded, More than theirs by custom bedded;

Fruitful issues; life so graced,

No t by age to be def ace d, Bu ddi ng, as the yea r ens u’th , […]

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A New Beginning

~ Gwen Frostic ~

On this earth there is a oneness A rhythmic flow through everything that lives The things with roots and stems and leaves The things with shells and fins and furs The things with wings with which to fly The things that crawl and those that walk Each thing must eat and […]

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