by Dena Acolatse
“Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body . . .
Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won’t hold them against me,
Who loves me when I’m unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me . . .
Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold . . .
Because marriage means opportunity to grow in love, in friendship . . .
Because marriage is a discipline to be added to a list of achievements . . .
Because marriages do not fail, people fail when they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole . . .
Because, knowing this, I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me, I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage . . .
Because with this understanding the possibilities are limitless”
Photo by Michael Clark Photographers