“Marriage” written by Anon

Paul chose this reading to recite at his son and daughter in laws’ intimate lakefront wedding ceremony last month. It’s not a romantic poem however it describes the reality of marriage. The final 3 words hit home with me… marriage is madness.

This poem is beautifully crafted but handed down to us by anonymous writers. So, we can only thank these great artists who have chosen to stay uncredited. However, they have provided us with such lovely poetry for wedding ceremonies.

This one is simply titled


Marriage is about giving and taking

And forging and forsaking

Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving

Caring and Sharing and screaming and swearing

About being together whatever the weather

About being driven to the end of your tether

About Sweetness and kindness

And wisdom and blindness

It’s about being strong when you’re feeling quite weak

It’s about saying nothing when you’re dying to speak

It’s about being wrong when you know you are right

It’s about giving in, before there’s a fight

It’s about you two living as cheaply as one

(you can give us a call if you know how that’s done!)

Never heeding advice that was always well meant

Never counting the cost until it’s all spent

And for you two today it’s about to begin

And for all that the two of you had to put in

Some days filled with joy, and some days with sadness

Too late you’ll discover that marriage is madness