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‘The Relationship’ – a poem

I heard this poem read recently at a wedding and I thought it perfectly describes a good relationship. It also relates to people who are single who know what it is like to hold up the ceiling alone. It’s entitiled AMARRIAGE but I feel it could be for everyone. A MARRIAGE By Michael Blumenthal You are holding up a ceiling with both arms. It is very heavy, but you must hold it up, or else it will fall down on you. Your arms are tired, terribly tired, and, as the day goes on, it feels as if either your arms or the ceiling will soon collapse. But then, unexpectedly, something wonderful happens: Someone, a man or a woman, walks into the room and holds their arms up to the ceiling beside you. So you finally get to take down your arms. You feel the relief of respite, the blood flowing back to your fingers and arms. And when your partner’s arms tire, you hold up your own to relieve him again. And it can go on like this for many years without the house falling.

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