This Is Our Story

In 1994

I met the man who eventually

became my husband. When it

became apparent that something might

come out of our chance meeting, I wrote a

poem to him. It is called " I Wasn't Looking"

and he wrote one for me called

" I Was Looking".

We eventually combined both

poems, and it

became a part of our

wedding

vows.

We were married

at the beautiful Housing Works Used Book Cafe

in New York, on Sunday, March 31, 1996.

We were both standing on opposite

balconies facing each other.

In the middle, on the lower level

were the guests. They were looking up at us

as we recited the verses of

"I Wasn't Looking".

As Roger said

his parts he slowly walked

down the spiral stairs, while I stayed

looking down at him. When he got to the part

that said "Now I plan to make you my wife"

he was standing directly below where I was,

looking up at me. With every verse we uttered,

you could hear the guest exclaiming

with ooh's and ahh's.

I Wasn't Looking

Jennifer: I wasn't looking, I swear it is true

how was I to know that I would meet you---

in my own world I was wrapped up into---

far removed from making it with you---

Roger: I was looking, I didn't know what for---

now that you are in my life,

I couldn't ask for more---

Jennifer: you caught my eyes and entrapped

my heart

and when you spoke, I just knew

that you and I were meant to collide---

Roger: I've quietly searched for the other part

of myself,

to complete the poet within me---

Jennifer: we are a special bred of poets

though people don't understand,

we speak a different language---

not just words, but feelings and emotions---

Roger: words fail to express our feelings

every look, every touch means so much---

our hearts speak to each other

for where there is love there is trust---

Jennifer: destiny and fate are like

natural disasters---

unconcerned with the havoc they create

as they bulldoze their way into the heart---

Roger: my heart was in need of love

believing that one day you would appear---

the day you came into my life

I spoke up without fear---

Jennifer: without warning you stepped into my life

with no regard for the consequence,

my heart had been given to another

now I am certain I must reconsider---

Roger: I have been waiting for you all my life---

now, I plan to make you my wife---

Jennifer: I think you and I should make a pact

to clean up our acts and follow our hearts---

Roger: I was looking, I didn't know what for---

Jennifer: I wasn't looking, I swear it is true---

Roger: now that you are in my life

I couldn't ask for more--

Jennifer: now that you are in my life

I couldn't ask for more

Jennifer & Roger: I love you.

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