January 25, 2008
This beautiful poem by Helen Steiner Rice is specially dedicated to Tine & Tim who has so kindly invited me to their wedding dinner in Penang tomorrow night.
Your hearts are filled with happiness
so great and overflowing
You cannot comprehend it,
for it’s far beyond all knowing
how any heart could hold such joy
or feel the fullness of
the wonder and the glory
and the ecstasy of love.
You wish that you could capture it
and never let it go
so you might walk forever
in its magic, radiant glow.
And love in all its ecstasy
is such a fragile thing,
like gossamer in cloudless skies
or a hummingbird’s small wing.
And love that lasts forever
must be made of something strong-
The kind of strength that’s gathered
when the heart can hear no song.
When the sunshine of your wedding day
runs into stormy weather,
and hand in hand you brave the gale
and climb steep hills together,
And, clinging to each other
while the thunder rolls above,
You seek divine protection
in faith and hope and love.
For days of wine and roses
never make love’s dreams come true-
It takes sacrifice and teardrops
and problems shared by two.
To give true love its beauty,
its grandeur, and its finesse,
And to mould an earthly ecstasy
into heavenly divine’s.