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Don't Hesitate by Mary Oliver

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plentyof lives and whole towns destroyed or aboutto be. We are not wise, and not very oftenkind. And much can never be redeemed.Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps thisis its way of fighting back, that sometimessomething happens better than all […]

The Present, by Michael Donaghy

The PresentFor the present there is just one moon,though every level pond gives back another. But the bright disc shining in the black lagoon,perceived by astrophysicist and lover, is milliseconds old. And even that light’sseven minutes older than its source. And the stars we think we see on moonless nightsare long extinguished. And, of course, […]

The Facts of Life, by Pádraig Ó Tuama

That you were born and you will die. That you will sometimes love enough and sometimes not. That you will lie if only to yourself. That you will get tired. That you will learn most from the situations you did not choose. That there will be some things that move you more than you can […]

Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay

If there was ever oneWhom when you were sleepingWould wipe your tearsWhen in dreams you were weeping;Who would offer you timeWhen others demand;Whose love lay more infiniteThan grains of sand. If there was ever oneTo whom you could cry;Who would gather each tearAnd blow it dry;Who would offer helpOn the mountains of time;Who would stop […]

On Wedding Rings, by Robert Burns

She asked why wedding rings are made of gold;I ventured this to instruct her;Why, madam, love and lightning are the same,On earth they glance, from Heaven they came.Love is the soul’s electric flame,And gold its best conductor.

A Lang Promise, by Jackie Kaye

Whether the weather be dreich or fair, my luve, if guid times greet us, or we hae tae face the worst, ahint and afore whit will happen tae us: blind in the present, eyes open to the furore, unkempt or perjink, suddenly puir or poorly, peely-wally or in fine fettle, beld or frosty, calm as […]

The Giraffe and the Monkey by Daniel Thompson

Wherever we goWhatever we doWhenever there’s meI hope that there’s you. Now Money is Funny, it can make people odd.You forget to be happy, and you live for your jobAnd fashion, is a passion, beset with a flawYou can dress to excess, but you’ll always need more And a muscle toned body, may sound like […]

What Is Love? Author Unknown

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest […]

I Saw Two Clouds At Morning, by John Gardiner Brainard

I saw two clouds at morning,Tinged by the rising sun,And in the dawn they floated on,And mingled into one;I thought that morning cloud was blest,It moved so sweetly to the west. I saw two summer currentsFlow smoothly to their meeting,And join their course, with silent force,In peace each other greeting;Calm was their course through banks […]

Grow Old With You

From the movie ‘The Wedding Singer’, written by Adam Sandler I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad Carry you around when your arthritis is bad All I wanna do is grow old with you. I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches Build you a fire if the furnace breaks Oh it could be […]

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, […]

Reading From The Book of Ruth 1:16-17

Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you live, I will live. Your people shall be my people and your God will be my God too. Wherever you die, I will die and there will I be buried beside you. We shall be together forever and our love will be the gift of God. The […]