Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Never Can Be Broken







No earthly church has ever blessed our union
No state has ever granted us permission
No family bond has ever made us two
No company has ever earned commission

No debt was paid no dowry to be gained
No treaty over border land or power
No semblance of the world outside remained
To stain the beauty of this nuptial hour

The secret marriage vow is never spoken
The secret marriage never can be broken


          ~Sting (from “Nothing Like the Sun”)


This song has been haunting me for the last week; it and I go way back.

Listen here. Bring Kleenex if so inclined.

12 comments:

Salty Miss Jill said...

How fitting, how sad.
Listen? Just reading this made me verklempt.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I need to listen to that again. I remember a friend who got a bootleg copy in Niger when she was a Peace Corps volunteer and it was printed at "Noting Like the Sun" which had a certain ring to it.

The Angry Young Man said...

Christ, more poetry? Are you becoming a lesbian, Joe?

joe said...

Shut up, you.

Jen said...

Don't throw things at me but wasn't this in Four Weddings and a Funeral?

joe said...

Jen: Um, I don't remember. I saw that like 37 years ago, during a less bitter era.

Nothing being thrown at you...

Huntington said...

YOU had a "less bitter era"?

david said...

back to the point - poetry or not - that for making this point

david said...

oops - "THANKS" for making this point

joe said...

huntington: nice of you to break comment silence for that.

Anonymous said...

"if you can't think of anything nice to say, come sit by me."

Huntington said...

(That was me...)