Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Love Poem

In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a little bit of a hippie.  My parents, especially back in the day, were even more so.  In fact, they lived on a Sufi commune before I was born, which still exists today and I even attended the elementary school there from Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

I'm getting married about half a mile down the road from my childhood homage to hippie-dom and therefore, it felt fitting to include a Rumi (great Sufi poet) poem in our ceremony as a nod to the community that had such influence in my upbringing.

The poem is so beautiful, I want to share it with you all...

A moment of happiness,
you and I 

sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, 

but one in soul, 
you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, 

with the garden's beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, 

will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, 

you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, 

you and I.
In one form upon this earth,

and in another form 
in a timeless sweet land. 


My beloved Aunt J (of incredible shower-hosting fame) will be reading this poem at the beginning of the ceremony and I think it will be a moving and meaningful start. Even though the wedding is decidedly Jewish in content, it feels good to include a few other elements from that which has shaped us both.

Are you including a poem or reading that has significance?

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