My dear friend, Rachel Clift, is the very essence of what it means to be a poet. Because everything we have ever exchanged with one another has been felt on a soul level, it comes as no surprise that these metaphysical inspired wedding & elopements vows resonate. This poem is all Magnolia + Ember stands for and the kinds of connections I capture with couples.
“To have an to hold,
I will take you, I will love you
until death do we part—
Hear this now, my vow,
for wherever my soul ends up—
in this world or the next,
I will love you long after
my bones turn to dust and all
I’ve ever known
has been consumed by oceans.
I will love you through
the burning of stars and every
stray galaxy and the vast, cold,
emptiness of space and even if
we are never to meet again—in all
our trillions of lifetimes—I will love you
even then. I will love you more.
When I say this bond, this connection, this
thread tying your soul to mine is infinite
and eternal I do not mean simply until you
you take your last breath or until
god destroys the earth—I mean
that I have loved you before the beginning
of time—when we were all only nebula & intention,
and I will love you long after we return
to the nothingness that we were created from.
Until the universe collapses in on itself—
and my love for you is all that remains.”