Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wedding Vow by Wendy Cope (Happy Anniversary My Love!)

I cannot promise never to be angry;
I cannot promise always to be kind.
You know what you are taking on, my darling –
It's only at the start that love is blind.
And yet I'm still the one you want to be with
And you're the one for me – of that I'm sure.
You are my closest friend, my favorite person,
The lover and the home I've waited for.
I cannot promise that I will deserve you
From this day on. I hope to pass that test.
I love you and I want to make you happy.
I promise I will do my very best.

Hakone Gardens, Saratoga. June 25, 2006

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Kiss by Rabindranath Tagore

Lips' language to lips' ears. 
Two drinking each other's heart, it seems. 
Two roving loves who have left home, 
pilgrims to the confluence of lips. 
Two waves rise by the law of love 
to break and die on two sets of lips. 
Two wild desires craving each other 
meet at last at the body's limits. 
Love's writing a song in dainty letters, 
layers of kiss-calligraphy on lips. 
Plucking flowers from two sets of lips 
perhaps to thread them into a chain later. 
This sweet union of lips 
is the red marriage-bed of a pair of smiles.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


by Rumi

This is now. Now is. 
Don’t postpone till then. 
Spend the spark of iron on stone. 

Sit at the head of the table.

Dip your spoon in the bowl. 
Seat yourself next to your joy 
and have your awakened soul
pour wine. 

Branches in the spring wind,
easy dance of jasmine and cypress. 

Cloth for green robes has been cut from pure absence. 

You’re the tailor, 
settled among his shop goods, 
quietly sewing.


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