July 15, 2003

20th Wedding Anniversary

Mein Liebesqeschichete
Ist dieser Abend und du.
Hermann Hesse

And the entire history of my love
Is you and this evening.
Hermann Hesse

The vows:
I,Riza, take you, John, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day foreward, for better, for worse, in abundance and in want, in sickness and in health, to love, honour and cherish, as long as we both shall live.

Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, Master?
And he answered saying:
You were born together , and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak and the cypress grow not in each other's shawdow.
---Kahil Gibran

Will you accept a heart that loves but never yields?
And burns but never melts?
Will you be at ease with a soul that quivers before the tempest,
but never surrenders to it?
Will you accept one as a companion who makes not slaves
Nor will become one?
Will you own me, but not possess me?

Then here is my heart--
Grasp it with your beautiful hand;
And here is my body--
Embrase it with your loving arms;
And here are my lips--
Bestow upon them a deep and dizzying kiss.
--Kahlil Gibran

Happy 20th Anniversary, my love!!

Always, Riza

Posted by Riza Rivera at July 15, 2003 9:24 AM

I Love You!!! Happy Anniversary, nugs. Thanks for the great post and all the great memories. Marrying you was the best thing I ever did and July 16, 1983 was the best day in my life.

Posted by: jk at July 15, 2003 9:31 AM