-- for Scott & Denise
Of all the world which we choose to forsake
In cleaving only to each other's flesh,
Some few may understand the loss that they
Have suffered rightly at our love's expense--
For they may glimpse the treasures that we keep
In heart and mind and which we now commit
To shore up jointly to our joint increase
As we all other such riches forfeit.
But lest the world feel unduly deprived,
Let it be known to all who treasure seek
That all we have, when joined, is multiplied
And is too much for us alone to keep.
What love demands in exclusivity
It gives back to the world as joy and peace.