Handfasting – Each Knot Has Meaning

Down the aisle she came as one

His eyes locked on her smiling face

His heart thumping deep within

She saw him and too felt butterflies

Distance reduced until together

One hand given and one received

And with each passing moment

The feeling of pure relaxation 

A single cord across those hands

Words recited and elders blessed

The tying of the first knot the best

A solemn pledge of eternity

Two souls agreeing to become one

Another knot joining the first

Love one another in honesty

Protect each other through tragedy

The cord again tied in union 

Seek words instead of anger

Shelter in the arms of each other

Make patience your valued friend

Knots tied another and again

If you’re blessed with a family

Teach them of divinity

The Goddess and the natural world

Speak the stories as they’re told

A double knot for security

The wider circle protecting ye 

Sacred heartbeats of two now one

Honor the moon and the sun

Don’t rest until the air is clear

Lace your fingers, keep love near

Another knot to remind

Work shouldn’t take up all your time

Quiet nights where spirits speak

Hungry passions, lovers peak

Share your shoes, feel the pace

Put yourselves in the others place

Tie a knot for understanding 

Never fear and hold your standing

Listen to the whispered words

Pay attention to what you’ve heard

Hands now bound with something more

Some may see a knotted cord

Others see the secrets shared

Magick in the knots were tied

One hand given and ‘for forever’

One received; souls together

An eternal love now in motion

What is done cannot be broken

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “Handfasting – Each Knot Has Meaning

  • July 23, 2018 at 9:45 PM

    This is so lovely, heart-warming, and a joy to read. For several years I have known in my heart that if I ever marry again, it would be a handfasting. Beautiful piece, Ralph.

  • July 24, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    A touching tribute to the binding of two souls. Well penned and emoted Ralph. Cheers!


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