Poems and Readings

Section A: Poems and readings to read to each other

I’ll be there by Louise Cudden

I’ll be there my darling, through thick and through thin
When your mind’s in a mess and your head’s in a spin
When your plane’s been delayed, and you’ve missed the last train.
When life is just threatening to drive you insane

When your thrilling whodunit has lost its last page
When somebody tells you, you’re looking your age
When your coffee’s too cool, and your wine is too warm
When the forecast said “Fine”, but you’re out in a storm

When your quick break hotel, turns into a slum
And your holiday photos show only your thumb
When you park for five minutes in a resident’s bay
And return to discover you’ve been towed away

When the jeans that you bought in hope or in haste
Just stick on your hips and don’t reach round your waist
When the food you most like brings you out in red rashes
When as soon as you boot up the bloody thing crashes

So my darling, my sweetheart, my dear…
When you break a rule, when you act the fool
When you’ve got the flu, when you’re in a stew
When you’re last in the queue, don’t feel blue
‘cause I’m telling you, I’ll be there.

I Belong In Your Arms by Deborah Brideau

Finally I have found a place
Into which I fit perfectly, safely and securely
With no doubts, no fears, no sadness, no tears.
This place is filled with happiness and laughter,
Yet it is spacious enough to allow me the freedom to move around, To live my life and be myself.
This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed,
I have found, finally,
Inside your arms, Inside your heart, Inside your love

“I Rely On You” by Hovis Presley

I rely on you
like a camera needs a shutter
like a gambler needs a flutter
like a golfer needs a putter
like a buttered scone involves some butter

I rely on you
like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve
like a hairpin needs a drastic curve
like an HGV needs endless derv
like an outside left needs a body swerve

I rely on you
like a handyman needs pliers
like an auctioneer needs buyers
like a laundromat needs driers
like The Good Life needed Richard Briers
I rely on you.

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow

Pairs of things that go together.
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
… Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.

Section B: Poems and readings to be read by Celebrant or person of your choice

The Art of Marriage by Wilferd A Peterson

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,

it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.

Love is always patient and kind – from the book of the Corinthians

Version 1

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast

It is not proud. It does not dishonour others.

It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered

Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres

Love never fails

 

Version 2

Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous

Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish

It does not take offence. And is not resentful

Love takes no pleasure in other peoples sins, but delights in the truth

It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure, whatever comes

Love does not come to an end

Blessing for a Marriage by James Dillet Freeman

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another -not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it.
So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another's presence -no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another

Marriage – Anon

Have eyes for each other

Take care with their heart

Be slow to make judgement

Send love while apart

Be swift with a shoulder

And arms to squeeze tight

In good times and tough times

Regardless who’s right

Relive your first kiss

Remember to talk

And never forget to

Hold hands when you walk

“Marriage” (Anon)

Marriage is about giving and taking,

And forging and forsaking

Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving

Caring and sharing and screaming and swearing

 

About being together whatever the weather

About being driven to the end of your tether

About sweetness and kindness

And wisdom and blindness

 

It’s about being strong when you’re feeling quite weak

It’s about saying nothing when you’re dying to speak

It’s about being wrong when you know you are right

It’s about giving in before there’s a fight

It’s about you two living as cheaply as one

(you can give us a call if you know how that’s done!)

 

Never heeding advice that was always well meant

Never counting the cost until it’s all spent

And for you two today it’s about to begin

And for all that the two of you had to put in

Some days filled with joy and some days with sadness

Too late you’ll discover that marriage is madness

Here’s to right now – Ms Moem

 

You’re surrounded by loved ones

And all are wishing you well

As you create a brand new chapter

In the story that’s yours to tell

 

We talk about the memories

You have yet to make together

And the moments you have already shared

To be carried with you forever

 

But take the time to live today

As your marriage begins

Look around and soak it up

The moment we are in

 

For this is where the magic starts

When you both say your vows

You pledge to spend your lives as one

Because of the love you feel now

 

So yes, here’s to the future

That is bright and warm and clear

But more than that

Here’s to right now, and what it means to be here