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In recognition of their 20th wedding anniversary, Christine and Rob have chosen to renew their vows and commitment to each other. Through the years, Christine and Rob have remained a constant to their family and friends. They have been supportive to each other and to everyone around them. They have hosted events not only for themselves, but for many of us. Today, they gather us together to share this celebration. Today, we celebrate them; to recognize the past 20 years and to wish them well for the coming years together.
Christine, On October 14, 1989, I committed myself to you. I promised to honour you and love you; I promised to care for you and comfort you. In the 20 years since that day, we have weathered stress and turmoil; we have grown together and changed together. You are not only a part of my life, you are a part of my self. Together we have achieved so much. H
The Human Experience 1I have been hearing from a lot of people lately about feeling lonely and unloved, about being unsure of relationships and of their own futures. Fear and uncertainly are part of our growing experience and those experiences define who we are and how we relate to those around us. They have told us that humans are social creatures, that it is in our nature to congregate into groups and to create societies. Yet in these societies we alienate each other; become violent; try to shove a predefined normality onto others; and enforce our own personal sense of moral superiority, granted to us by religious doctrines, onto all those who do not share our views. Throughout all of this, we as a society will smile and congratulate ourselves on how welcoming and cohesive our wonderful society has become.
My digression from personal feelings of loneliness to society's self delusion is hardly a leap of logic. Those feeling most
You and the Arctic Your heart is like an Arctic wasteland;
Cold and cruel.
Your lack of emotion like frostbitten limbs;
Completely void of feeling.
Yet even the Arctic has its own beauty,
And you; No different.
People drawn to the Northern extremes;
The Human Experience 2I once referred to a creative writing group as a bunch of self-absorbed ego-stroking fools. I meant every word of it. Let me explain:
Not all people can take criticism well and many cannot take it at all. Whether we are talking about their writing, their work, their fashion sense, or decisions they make in their love lives, having people say that a choice is wrong or ill conceived is usually taken badly. I am not a teacher of life but also, I am considerably more than a mere student. I will start by saying that perfection does not exist. Not in any subject or in any way. In finding or creating what we perceive as perfect, we find that which is perfect in our own eyes only.
The writers' group that I referred to created itself out of a request by me to create a creative writing course at my university. While I was fighting for this course, some wannabe writers banded together to create this group. The
pray into my collarbone
let your snake tongue slither
with the syllables.
i wish for soft-chested nights,
and the trickle of champagne down crystal glass.
poppy-lips, lull me to sleep,
nurse my coiling tongue with yours;
tap my scalp like a silent drum,
and wind my hair in between your fingers
like broken guitar strings.
(serenade me with the buzz of pollen in your kiss.)
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