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          Poems: Marriage 



Marriage is a spiritual contract,

a dovetail joint of two souls

beyond religious say-so or

cultural design. It sets hearts

into a framework where 

what you put in is what you receive.

It's a cosmic abode where the balance

of sun and moon dwells: strong

through the winds of change,

bright as Venus

on a clear night when joy

makes it's home in your joining.

Marriage is you and me

as we celebrate the fire,

day in and day out,

our very breath

the bellows of 


Arlene Gay Levine

First published in Forever in Love: A Celebration of Love and


(Andrews McMeel Publishing)

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