How to A Paint Marriage (for Dana and Chad, Married October 22, 2016, Temecula, CA)
He paints the curve of her mouth when she smiles, and the squint in her eyes when she laughs.
She paints how he looks when he hums a tune to the wind’s music.
He pictures the flowers he placed in her hair, the day rain kissed them.
She pictures the sunny stories he whispers to her in the warm night.
He watercolors the tones of her skin and hair with the beauty of her world.
She watercolors his glowing face when he sees the blushing clouds of evening put the bare sun to bed,
and the tiny sigh, the sigh she barely sees,
when he looks up to fathom the moon and infinite stars.
He brushstrokes the complexion of her hopes and dreams,
the shapes of her ambitions, and the palette of her desires.
She brushstrokes the hues of his interior mind, the contours of his body, and the angles of his repose, awake and asleep.
They draw and shade the lost spaces of what they separately were, and charcoal landscapes of new territories to be traveled together.
Their art never covers the expanding white canvas. Unfinished space opens every day, no matter how filled in with something very like love, faith, sorrow, and joy.
They create a marriage in a boundless sea of color harmonies, spilling outside the lines—never forgotten, never finished, never framed, never hung on a wall—never a still life.
They find new friends, explore sand beaches, forests, fields, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and keep close who and what they treasure.
They fashion the artwork of marriage—dabs of love, splashes of passion, etches of friendship, sketches of caring, squiggles of fun—loud, free, and overrun with dogs and cats.
They paint a life as theirs, the gift they give each other, like a temple built to last, even when grass grows up between the stones.