An updated version of the traditional wedding vow
The Other Unending Vow
After many yearning years waiting
In the shadow of my heart's own doubts,
Living as a castaway in the bosom of loneliness,
Cursing the dawn of day,
And blending disconsolate into the stars at night ,
All the while supplicating a waning spirit song
Of hidden utterances unheard by eternal ears,
The solid firmness of mountains moved,
Ageless ocean paths reversed,
Such chaos disquieting the uncaring whiles of nature,
Whose gods relented to this greater power
And granted me you.
Love blended together forever,
Happily sealed by cathedral vow,
Alone does not match in full measure
The unspoken passion of a once barren heart,
In whose volcanic core untapped love desires to flow.
A quickened pulsation of unrelenting devotion.
And so it comes to you on this day
As the other unending vow.
Ever will I place you above all things,
With no thought of doubt nor wearing inconstancy.
Your ways shall become mine,
To which I will abide
As winds sweep across bowing meadows
Toward distant horizons.
The rise of conflict so certain to come,
Will be but a guide to better understand
The nature of your spirit,
To your innermost voice I will listen
And learn well its melody in all subtle shades.
Your falling tears will dissolve into my strength.
I will be your comforter, your stalwart friend,
And unalterable lover.
And, should I proceed you into another life,
Becoming again a part of the waiting elements,
In the expansive presence of all eternity,
I will continue forever singing this unending vow,
Professing in my frozen but undefeated heart
An unconquerable love for you,
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Note from the author, not a part of the poem. The traditional Wedding March commonly used in many weddings was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842 after reading Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Since a dream is a make believe event, I attempt here to replace the dated composition with a modern version of the solemn vow.