S: Atwood Heird Wedding
FC: Janel Atwood & Evan Heird | June 20, 2009
8: Meijer | Majestic | Theatre | Grand Rapids, Michigan
52: This Marriage - Ode 2667 Rumi May these vows and this marriage be blessed. May it be sweet milk, this marriage, like wine and halvah. May this marriage offer fruit and shade like the date palm. May this marriage be full of laughter, Your every day a day in paradise. May this marriage be a sign of compassion, a seal of happiness here and hereafter. May this marriage have a fair face and a good name, an omen as welcome as the moon in a clear blue sky. I am out of words to describe how spirits mingle in this marriage.
53: i carry your heart with me e e cummings i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
59: Birds flying high, you know how I feel. | Sun in the sky, you know how I feel | Breeze drifting on by, | you know how I feel. | It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me. And I'm feelin' good... | Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don't you know butterflies all havin' fun, you know what I mean. Sleep in peace when day is done, that's what I mean. And this old world is a new world, and a bold world for me... and I'm feelin' good...
64: With this ring I thee wed: With my body I thee worship: With all my worldly goods I thee endow.
65: I choose you, to be my partner, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to honor and respect, to love and to cherish, til death do us part.
66: 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.
67: My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.
71: Bless these hands that will hold one another in passion and Love. Let these hands that will bake bread for one another and build shelter for one another, be blessed. Bless these hands that will comfort each other in grief, and hold each other in affection. May this couple be blessed with empathy and understanding; honesty and mercy; patience and forgiveness; vision and wisdom; beauty and eloquence. Your union will be the heart of a new family, joining and extending and blending your two families into one.
72: May their home be a haven, and whenever they are plagued by changing fortune, may they be united not in word and outward form alone, but by the presence, in the hearts of each of the deepening love they share. So may it be.
73: Now that Evan and Janel have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands the giving of receiving of rings, by the power invested in me by the State of Michigan, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss each other!
74: On Marriage Kahlil Gibran You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.