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Our Wedding Introduction

XVII (I do not love you…) 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 in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Our Wedding Vows

You are not the air that I breathe, you are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
You are not the sounds that I hear, you are the music of my life
You are not the food that I need, you are the nourishment of my soul
You are not my will to survive, you are my reason for living

It is with you that I experience the wonders of the world
It is with you that I triumph over the challenges in my path

It is your partnership that will lead me to the fulfillment of my dreams
It is your friendship that guides me as I grow and learn
It is your patience and wisdom that calms my restless nature
It is through you that I know my true self

I do not take you for granted, I cherish you
I do not need you I choose you

I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us
I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts
I choose you in strength and weakness
I choose you in health and sickness
I choose you in joy and sorrow

I will choose you, over all others, every day for all the days of my life

© David Gilmore 2017