Four Years Ago…

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Four years ago…

We made our Wedding vows.

We stood before the mighty Cuillins shrouded in mist and mystery,

Promising… ” to give each other all of our love,

To be always truthful and honest with each other,

To respect and in all things consider the other before all others,

And to be one in heart, mind and spirit, now and forever”.

The mountains were veiled from our view,

But we felt their presence and strength

And together with the encircling golden eagles,

Effortlessly and skilfully riding the wind currents,

We invited all of Creation to bear witness and testimony,

To our marriage vows,

Four years ago…

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Before family and friends, our hands were joined, our wrists bound

In an ancient ceremony of hand fasting…

Three braids intertwined…You, me and the Light of the World,

Entwining our lives together and bringing us to

Truth, Consciousness and Bliss,

Four years ago…

Hands still fastened and in a moment of silence,

We gazed and fell into the eternal pools of the others’ eyes…

Here indeed was Beauty and Eternity, unending and unconditional Love,

Conjoining of souls and spirits, hearts and minds,

Where the very rocks and flowers cried out in confirmation.

Four years ago…

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Rumi’s words, magical pearls of wisdom and enlightenment

Flowed beautifully and lovingly from your lips…

“Happy is the moment when we sit together,

With two forms, two faces, yet one soul,

You and I.

The flowers will bloom forever,

The birds will sing their eternal song,

The moment we enter the garden,

You and I.

The stars of heaven will come to watch us

And we will show them the light of the full moon,

You and I.

No more thoughts of “you” and “I”,

Just the bliss of union…

Joyous, alive, free of care,

You and I.

All the bright-winged birds of heaven

Will swoop down to drink of our sweet water…

The tears of our laughter,

You and I.

What a miracle of fate, us sitting here.

Even at the opposite ends of the earth

We would still be together,

You and I.

We have one form in this world,

Another in the next,

To us belongs an eternal heaven,

The endless delight of

You and I.”

Four years ago…

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With the placing of a celtic rose-gold wedding band on my finger,

You gave me a symbol of your unending love and faithfulness,

Reminder today of the vows and covenant we made on that day,

And that our heavenly Father, like a loving Mother,

Encircles all that is…

Above and below, to right and to left,

Behind and in front, now and forever…

Four years ago…

We asked the sun to bring us new energy by day,

The moon to softly restore us by night,

The rain to wash away our worries,

The breeze to blow new strength into our being,

And all the days of our lives to walk

Gently through the world and to know its’ beauty.

Four years ago…

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With prayers invoking the deep peace

Of running wave and quiet rocks,

Of endless sky and the mountains here,

And of the Son of Peace…

Our beautiful and magical ceremony ended.

And then…

We celebrated and feasted, drank and marked the occasion

To haunting strains of Scottish airs flowing from flute and fiddle,

Against backdrop of turbulent, swirling seas and gusty winds

In which floated the secretive islands of Eigg, Rum and Canna.

Atop the windy Ridge, in a house called Taigh Druim,

Overlooking the ancient village and harbour of Elgol,

Old Norse for Holy Hill, a sacred and blesséd place indeed,

We merrily whiled away the evening and night,

In the good company of family and friends,

Warm and safe, secure and serenely happy,

A perfect day indeed with a perfect ending…

BLISS.

Four years ago…

Today…

Happy is the moment when we sit together

Surrounded by the garden we are tending,

Together…

You and I.

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Wedding invitation, watercolour and ink.

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For my husband…With all my Love,

Four years ago…

1st June 2011,  Taigh Druim, Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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16 thoughts on “Four Years Ago…

  1. You are just too kind Vonita. Thank you. We had actually known each other for 3 years before we married…and yes it was a magical wedding in a magical place with our lovely Swedish minister, wonderful family and friends and we catered for it all ourselves…we were there for a whole week. It was such a special and sacred place! Fond fond memories. xx

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  2. Thank you so much for your Anniversary good wishes. So glad you enjoyed reading my recollections of a very very special, sacred and deeply moving day. We will indeed enjoy our day possibly a meal out tonight. It is interesting that 4 years on today the weather is again blowing a hoolie in Scotland and the Isle of Skye is getting battered once more by gales and torrential rain. Ah! Remember it well…No gardening tomorrow…roll on the Summer… Thanks again, Peter!

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    1. Thank you so much for your good wishes…and yes, the handfast was very special and meaningful! It was actually our Episcopal minister…( formerly the Celtic Church ), who suggested it, and Skye was the perfect place to perform it! The Black Cuillins have a powerful presence…the Ridge is a major climb and it contains 12 Munros. I am always in awe when I see them again having been away for a while. Thank you for dropping by again…I very much appreciate it. Deep peace be yours…

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely wishes! Also for the lovely comment…glad you liked it, it was such a special, magical day that I wanted to chronicle it in a poem…before the memory became too distant. I have lots of photos but words add another dimension. Thanks again, we had a lovely day…swimming, sauna, steam room, then Chinese meal out in the evening! It was also blowing a hoolie here and on the West coast, just as it was 4 years ago! We were meant to marry on the beach but because of gales and torrential rain we held it in the house which was also a lovely converted old croft with large extension…perfect! x

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    1. Thank you so very much for your beautiful, heartfelt comments. They will be greatly treasured and so glad you liked my description of our wedding day! It was rather different to the usual…you are very kind. 🙂

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