What does it mean to have a ring on your finger
A gold emblem of unity spread across your hand
A commitment kept surrounding your body
A note left written across your heart and soul?
How symbolic is a wedding to you
Where parents accompany down an aisle
Placing your hand in his hand at the altar
Awaiting a blessing from an ordained official?
Do you know the meaning of partnership
A promise between two of equality,
Of invested equity, in terms of time and companionship
And a glimpse at future joys together?
Shall I remind you why we are here
To get to know the spirits of one another
To see if we are kindred or soul mates
Or are you already aware of this scenario?
Why is there such an emphasis on commitment
Arms linked on sidewalks, fingers interlaced
Walking and dancing in two steps
Adjoining genders on the dance floor?
Why not focus on the journey
Being with me, right now, right here
In this room of poets and lovers
Reading you these rhetorical questions?
What if you change my mind
Reawaken romantic gestures, notions, feelings
Perhaps I will welcome your stance
Where the world of love is not shaded?
Will you require direction
As many have received a detailed list
Or naturally will you guide your hands
Along the curves of my spirit?
Can you heal these wounds
Of weakened expectations
Of the let down and get down
A city girl growing callus about her heart?
Or perhaps we should start
With how it goes from this moment
Where you can decide your words
Your actions, your movements, alongside me?
Want me to be honest?
No matter how scarred, burnt, broken
I will always reassemble my pieces
And share wholeness with you.
Listening for my greatest weakness?
It lies in between these lines
The love of lovers
Seeking the light within others.
How to sum up the self
In just a few stanzas simply?
I would probably just keep
Posing open-ended questions.
Who is the self really?
She is an ever-evolving goddess
A genie who fulfills your wishes
A nymph passing by with kisses.
Who am I to you?
A choose your own ending book
That meal you always wanted to cook
A woman who keeps your look.
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