3/365 "The Marriage of True Minds"


Sonnet CXVI
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love,
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
It is the star to every wandering bark
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love is not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out.. even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
—William Shakespeare

My favorite of all of Shakespeare's sonnets. I read this at Ben and Leah's wedding. Of all the quotes and poems I could have picked for both Valentine's Day and our Anniversary there is none better than this from the master bard.

True love is based in being true. Many people think of true love as a feeling or experience, and it certainly can be. True love is love that is true: True to its word; True to its vows. True love is not an extended date you go on until you are bored with the relationship. True love sticks especially when it's tough. "Love alters not... but bears it out...even to the edge of doom." Well said!