But I Love Your Feet- Neruda

Pablo Neruda is like an old friend to us. He touches deep into our hearts and says so well what our hearts desire to proclaim to the world. This poem is one of those magical, mystical poems that, with simple images points to the deep place of love in the core of our being. Please, savor the feelings of love deep in your heart.

When I cannot look at your face
I look at your feet.
Your feet of arched bone,
your hard little feet.
I know that they support you,
and that your sweet weight
rises upon them.
Your waist and your breasts,
the doubled purple
of your nipples,
the sockets of your eyes
that have just flown away,
your wide fruit mouth,
your red tresses,
my little tower.
But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.

We hope you have enjoyed your visit and this has been helpful in touching your heart.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
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We are Still Here, a poem

Our blog, Only The Ceremony, has been, up to now, focused on the content of wedding ceremonies, mostly readings and poems. However, with this entry, we plan to introduce poems and prayers we have found helpful for families experiencing the loss of a loved one.

This first poem is dedicated to Rose and Michael who were married 61 years. Rose died Saturday; Michael, died Thursday, more than likely of a broken heart. Both in their 80’s, both with poor health, both deeply connected. The following poem is modified from singular to plural as if Rose and Michael were speaking to their adult children and grand children. We became aware of this poem by Shane’s family; a young man who tragically died the same weekend of an overdose. We remember in a special way the three of them and their families.

We are Still Here
(A modification of: I’m Still Here, Author: Unknown)
Children, please don’t mourn for us
We are still here, though you do not see us.
We are right by your side each night and day
and within your heart we long to stay.

 

Our bodies are gone but we are always near.
We are everything you feel, see or hear.
Our spirits are free, but we will never depart
as long as you keep us alive in your heart.

 

We will never wander out of your sight-
We are the brightest stars on a summer night.
We are never be beyond your reach-
We are the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

 

We are the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
We are the beautiful flowers, of which you are so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

 

We are the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
We are the first rays of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you will see our face in the moon lights glow.

 

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to us through the Lord above you.
We will whisper our answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you will feel our presence in the soft summer breeze.

 

We are the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
We are the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for us, we are everyplace!

 

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

Wedding Celebrants, Ceremony Script Writers, Consultants
Please like us, share and visit our other sites to help prepare for your big day.
Why no images on our blog?  Wedding images come and go with fashion and with the season, so many and so varied. We feel it is the words you share with each other, during your wedding ceremony, that are some of the most significant and intimate words you will ever share and, like gems, are unique and personal.

Goodridge v. Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society.

Marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. “It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects.” Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven and connection that express our common humanity, marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.

This reading was given to us by a couple whom we married. The beautiful essay is a redaction of many pages of the court decision.

Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, 798 N.E.2d 941 (Mass. 2003), was a landmark state appellate court case dealing with same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. The November 18, 2003, decision was the first by a U.S. state’s highest court to find that same-sex couples had the right to marry. The first legal same-sex marriage occured in Massachusetts in July 2004.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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A Thought for Valentine’s Day

Love is the most powerful of all human alchemies. As wedding officiants, we are blessed with the awesome task to witness two human lives changing the course of human history. With the saying of a few words lives are forever transformed.  In the utterance of those few words, two singular orbiting galaxies melt and in their new bond heaven is redesigned, the world is recreated.

And yet, this flash is not a flash, but the result of the silent, ever gradual, metamorphosis of what it takes to grow a human. In this chemistry of time, this pregnancy of relationship, in the womb of presence, words, and emotions, hearts are healed and made whole and this love is born, only to be shared.

May your Valentine’s Day be wonderful.

Charlie and Cheryl

Christmas

We share our planet with about 7 billion other people, and for about 2.4 billion Christians, this week is the celebration of  Christmas.  And if all the joys and feelings of Christmas are not enough, there are thousands, if not millions, of couples worldwide who, in the next few days would have said those very special words, in hundreds of different languages, that will move them from friends and lovers to engaged.
Engaged, that most  wonderful awkward place of nerves and sweaty palms and bended knee, (yes, a lot of people still do that) of asking, hoping, surrendering, of saying yes, of being received, and thus changing the course of the history of your life as an individual, your lives as a couple, the lives of your families and thus the history of the human race. The place of planning and hoping, the place where you, your love and your coupleness stand up and say to the world: here we are in love and we want to share our love with each other, and our togetherness with the world forever! What better gift is there than that?
May the joy of this holiday spill forth from your hearts and fill the world with love, joy and peace.