Whilst acknowledging the ups and downs, (mostly ups), of married life, A Vow, by English poet Wendy Cope, is a celebration of genuine, long-lasting partnerships built on foundations of mutual respect, admiration and laughter. This week’s wedding ceremony reading is an authentic declaration of true love and shines a light on the commitment needed to strengthen your bond to last a lifetime. Known for the use of humour in her poetry, Cope’s endearing promises makes A Vow a great choice for a lighthearted ceremony reading: “You know what you’re taking on, my darling”. This endearing poem is also bound to earn a few laughs from your guests.
A Vow by Wendy Cope
I cannot promise never to be angry;
I cannot promise always to be kind.
You know what you’re taking on, my darling
It’s only at the start that love is blind.
And yet I’m still the one you want to be with
And you’re the one for me – of that I’m sure.
You’re my closest friend, my favourite person,
The lover and the home I’ve waited for.
I cannot promise that I will deserve you
From this day on. I hope to pass that test.
I love you, and I want to make you happy.
I promise I will do my very best.
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