Adapted from On Marriage
[May this be] the mightiest day in the history of [your] lives,
the holiest and the most generous toward [you] both --
for [marriage] makes of two fractional lives a whole;
it gives to two purposeless lives a work,
and doubles the strength of each whereby to perform it;
it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living,
and something to live for;
it will give a new revelation to love,
a new depth to sorrow,
a new impulse to worship.
[On this] day, the scales fall from [your] eyes
and [you] shall look upon a new world...
a new gladness to the sunshine,
a new fragrance to the flowers,
a new beauty to the earth,
a new mystery to life.
You are holding up a ceiling
With both arms. It is very heavy,
But you must hold it up, or else
It will fall down on you. Your arms
Are tired, terrible tired,
And as the day goes on, it feels
As if either your arms or the ceiling
Will soon collapse.
Something wonderful happens.
A man or a woman,
Walks into the room
And holds their arms up
To the ceiling beside you.
So you finally get
To take down your arms.
You feel the relief of respite,
the blood flowing back
To your fingers and arms.
And when your partner’s arms tire,
You hold up your own
To relieve him again.
And it can go on like this
for many years
Without the house falling.