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 Wedding Verse By Linda Harrison

 The time has come to stand side by sideThe Groom in his glory, his beautiful Bride.They’ve waited so long for this moment in timeTo take their vows and say, “Will you be mine?” Marriage is precious and to be treasured.The love that you have can never be measured.It joins you as one, not just with […]

Wedding Reading Extract From Little Women

“I’m not a show, Aunty, and no one is coming to stare at me, to criticise my dress, or count the cost of my luncheon. I’m too happy to care what anyone says or thinks, and I’m going to have my little wedding just as I like it.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

The Whitsun Weddings, by Philip Larkin

That Whitsun, I was late getting away:    Not till aboutOne-twenty on the sunlit SaturdayDid my three-quarters-empty train pull out,All windows down, all cushions hot, all sense   Of being in a hurry gone. We ranBehind the backs of houses, crossed a streetOf blinding windscreens, smelt the fish-dock; thence   The river’s level drifting breadth began,Where sky and Lincolnshire and […]

I'll Be There For You, by Louise Cuddon

I’ll be there, my darling, through thick and through thinWhen your mind’s in a mess and your head’s in a spinWhen your plane’s been delayed, and you’ve missed the last train.When life is just threatening to drive you insaneWhen your thrilling whodunit has lost its last pageWhen somebody tells you, you’re looking your ageWhen your […]

How We Love, by Beth Nielsen Chapman

Life has taught me thisEvery day is newAnd if anything is trueAll that mattersWhen we’re throughIs how we love Faced with what we lackSome things fall apartBut from the ashes new dreams startAll that matters to the heartIs how we love How we loveHow we loveFrom the smallest act of kindnessIn a word, a smile, […]

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 […]