They say, of love, when alteration finds, it is not changed But by love, am I rearranged The pieces of me taken up, and built, anew But this time, being formed with you. And so, I give my form to thee That your form, mine, might also be. And of my joys, for evermore, I give you past and what’s in store I give them so wholeheartedly, That giving, give myself to thee. I bid you, your joy also give That of your joy, my heart might live. And in hoping, my hopes fall away To make a way for yours But yours and mine now interlock And thus, entwined, construct a rock Upon which, bid my heart to bide For where your hopes are, mine reside. And in fearing, fear should shatter As when breeze bids sand to scatter So my fears, before one sigh Of your believing heart's reply Then my fears do you nothing make When in your hand, my heart you take. And of your woes, well they are mine I claim them, by love’s sweet design I gather them, wildflowers for love’s sake, And of them, garlands shall I make. So when your woes are overgrown Then claim I sorrow as my own. And when I rage, be you to me Like earth is to the mighty sea Withstanding evermore and evermore Till tide comes gently ‘gainst the shore Becalmed and, for now, rails no more And you, withstanding, loving, loved me all the more And when I laugh, and merry make I bid you, soft, my hand do take In yours, for in my hands you find And in the essence of my mind And in my heart and very soul Your heart, your mind, your being, All. If life should throw us out to sea I’ll throw my lot, cast out with thee; For love is hope and hopeful too, I chose to walk along with you. So love, in loving let us be Completely altered, you and me.
Note: From the cliff face against which this poem beats comes a disclaimer…of stolen sentiment. I was asked to read something at the wedding of a special friend a few years ago. I wrote this for them, and read it for them, declaring the writer as unknown. They were polite enough to pretend they didn’t know and polite enough to let me read it. I know it needs work, but lack the heart to change it.