Homemade Bride Kate is back with part 3 of our new series of non-religious wedding readings, because civil ceremonies don’t allow any religious readings we are trying to find a variety of options for you to choose from and we will aim to have a new one for you every month!
At first reading this poem didn’t seem very fitting for a wedding but the more I read it the more I loved it. It’s not one of those sickly sweet sentimental poems. It’s a poem about real people being honest to each other. It’s about two people being real and saying that we might not be perfect but I will try my best to be the best person for you. It’s says all the things that might be a challenge but at the end of it “worth a shot”
By Ian Duhig
I will be faithful to you, I do vow
but not until the seas have all run dry
etcetera: although I mean it now,
I’m not a prophet and I will not lie.
To be your perfect wife, I could not swear;
I’ll love, yes; honour (maybe); won’t obey,
but will co-operate if you will care
as much as you are seeming to today.
I’ll do my best to be your better half,
but I don’t have the patience of a saint;
not with you, at you I may sometimes laugh,
and snap too, though I’ll try to learn restraint.
We might work out: no blame if we do not.
With all my heart, I think it’s worth a shot.