a wonderful surprise: a poem from April 2008

A wonderful surprise, a gift this morning to re-read this poem from 2008.

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Monterey Getaway

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Our first weekend getaway since Mina’s birth in Monterey, CA was AMAZING (thanks to Mina’s Gaga & Pa)! Under sunny blue skies (unbelievably without a cloud or fog in sight!), our stroll on the Asilomar Beach was playful and poetic: watching the otters swim on their backs and crack their catch; picking some pretty shells, a silly ritual of ours; talking about our next trip here with Mina, Gaga & Pa; all the while, holding hands, smiling I love you’s, still very much in love…actually, deeper in love today more than ever!

Over 15 years since our first kiss, our journey has been beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It was a long , winding journey, with unexpected, and at times very painful, detours; but I know for certain that those detours were necessary (yes, necessary meaning we needed to experience and process the pain, anger, resentment, sadness, even depression, and of course, love in solitude) to arrive here, to this us. I’ve written this before and I’ll write this again: Feeling the completeness of a full circle. We are one, we are whole; and now, we have Mina to share our aliveness and celebrate our oneness!

This weekend, I felt like we were living our wedding vows…actually, I know we live our wedding vows every day. How beautiful is that. How lucky am I. I’m just so grateful and proud of us, as husband and wife, and now as Mama and Papa to our Mina! I love that I get to share this us I so love with Mina! We are a gift; we are a wonder to me. Now, sharing our wedding vows; happy reading, happy loving! ♥

My husband:
As I make my solemn vows to Naoko, I want to thank my family and friends for preparing me for this day.

Naoko,
no one else can hold the light as you do,
boldly cupped like nectar in your slender
hands. no one else bears so well the weight of

my dreams. when i perceive the place where true
growth begins, there is only you, Love, at
its core. here, all light wears your silver scent.

“When I think of you,
I feel eternity most intimately.” (from Takamura Kotaro)

I promise to honor the daily rituals that have become our ceremonies,
and to continue to celebrate the beauty we find in these mindful gestures of love.

I promise to always communicate with you from the center of my existence.

I promise to make our love “a moving, growing, working together, whether there is harmony or conflict, joy or sadness.” (from Erich Fromm)

I promise to always and forever be grateful for the gift that you are in my life.

Eien no ai wo koko ni chikaimasu.

Me:
As I make my solemn vows to Tim, I want to thank my family and friends for preparing me for this day.  Though she’s not here today, I’d especially like to thank my Obachan for her constant presence and love; Arigato.

if you were my poem
I would savor you
allmorningeverymorning
like our sweet morning coffee
and dance along to the
rhythmic clickings
of your spoon against my cup

if you were my poem
I would find
a coffee cup
still atatakai from
the warmth of your lips

thank you,
for leaving behind
a kiss
on my morning sip

“When I think of you,
I feel eternity most intimately.” (from Takamura Kotaro)

I promise to honor the daily rituals that have become our ceremonies,
and to continue to celebrate the beauty we find in these mindful gestures of love.

I promise to always communicate with you from the center of my existence.

I promise to make our love “a moving, growing, working together, whether there is  harmony or conflict, joy or sadness.” (from Erich Fromm)

I promise to always and forever be grateful for the gift that you are in my life.

永遠の愛をここに誓います。