Non-Traditional Wedding Vows
I, _____________, take you, _____________, to be my wife/husband, and these things I promise you:
I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will journey with you through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we shall live.
Whenever in this city, screens flicker
with pornography, with science-fiction vampires,
victimized hirelings bending to the lash,
we also have to walk…if simply as we walk
through the rainsoaked garbage, the tabloid cruelties
of our own neighborhoods.
We need to grasp our lives inseparable
from those rancid dreams, that blurt of metal, those disgraces,
and the red begonia perilously flashing
from a tenement sill six stories high,
or the long-legged young girls playing ball
in the junior highschool playground.
No one has imagined us. We want to live like trees,
sycamores blazing through the sulfuric air,
dappled with scars, still exuberantly budding,
our animal passion rooted in the city.
— 21 Love Poems – Adrienne Rich
Today, I take my place as your husband/wife.
May our days be long, and may they be seasoned with faith, love, understanding, and respect, forever and ever.
Today is the beginning of the rest of our lives. I choose to spend today, and all of my tomorrows, with you.