Consonants and Vowels form Constant Vows

Thursday 28 March 2013, 10:43 pm   //  

Since the news has apparently reached a certain social network (of which I am not a member), I’ll mention on here that with a minimum of fuss and no prior announcement, Flourish Klink and I got married today.

A challenge that arose was writing wedding vows that captured that essential and positive semantics of the traditional statements, but which acknowledged that two people can be, in some ways, opposites, looking at things from different directions while also agreeing to live as partners and to make the same commitment to one another.

Of course, it would have been more challenging, and perhaps more amusing, if I had followed this writing constraint and also added a promise to “obey” to Flourish’s vow. Texts of this sort often are especially pleasing when they change their meaning from first half to second half. But for this particular purpose, the point is really the make the two halves equal in meaning, even if the language itself is less varied as a result.


All through good and bad times, through sickness and health, through all, yes, I will love and honor. Will I? Yes.

Yes, I will honor and love. Will I? Yes. All through health and sickness, through times bad and good, through all.


  1. Beautiful (and very fitting) vows. Congratulations Nick and Flourish!

    Comment by Stephanie Boluk — 2013-03-28 @ 10:49 pm
  2. Powerfully palindromic! Congrats 2U & yours!!

    Comment by C Funk — 2013-03-28 @ 10:59 pm
  3. Congratulations!

    Comment by Adam Thornton — 2013-03-28 @ 11:27 pm
  4. Beautiful! Congrats Nick, I wish you and Flourish much happiness.

    Comment by Andrew Stern — 2013-03-29 @ 12:56 am
  5. Congratulations, Nick and Flourish, and I wish you much happiness together. And many puzzles of the amusingly challenging variety. (((hugs)))

    Comment by Jill Walker Rettberg — 2013-03-29 @ 3:36 am
  6. Nick vows Flourish to Flourish vows Nick.


    Comment by Scott Rettberg — 2013-03-29 @ 7:02 am
  7. Wow. And congratulations. Love you both. You love. Congratulations, and wow!

    Comment by J. R. Carpenter — 2013-03-29 @ 7:03 am
  8. Congratulations, Nick! See you next week as a married man…

    Comment by alan bigelow — 2013-03-29 @ 7:35 am
  9. Congratulations!

    Comment by Aaron Kashtan — 2013-03-29 @ 8:10 am
  10. Congratulations to both of you.

    Comment by David Cornelson — 2013-03-29 @ 8:49 am
  11. These are vows lovely and creative, are they? Yes. Yes, they are creative and lovely vows, are these!

    Comment by Ed — 2013-03-29 @ 8:53 am
  12. I’m going to make you both a wedding gift/creature.

    Comment by Jason Nelson — 2013-03-29 @ 9:50 am
  13. Congratulations!!

    Comment by Jessica Pressman — 2013-03-29 @ 10:01 am
  14. Holy cats! Congratulations!

    Comment by Vika Zafrin — 2013-03-29 @ 12:30 pm
  15. Sonorous. Symmetry as a loving speech act. Elegant and true. Congratulations.

    Comment by Kathi Inman Berens — 2013-03-29 @ 1:01 pm
  16. Congratulations again! Mighty fine palindrome. Fine, mighty. Again, congratulations!

    Comment by Healy — 2013-03-29 @ 5:47 pm
  17. wonderful, wonderful. congratulations!

    Comment by molly — 2013-03-29 @ 7:05 pm
  18. Smartly beautiful text…. Congratulations Nick!

    Comment by Domingo S├ínchez-Mesa — 2013-03-30 @ 8:30 pm
  19. Congrats on such a wonderful event!! Brilliant vows.

    Comment by Jeff Knowlton — 2013-03-31 @ 2:51 am
  20. Congrats!

    Comment by Aric Maddux — 2013-04-02 @ 2:28 pm
  21. enchanting…..buone felicidades!

    Comment by Rebecca — 2013-04-03 @ 12:02 am
  22. Healy speaks for me. Thrilling news, best wishes to you both!

    Comment by juliannechat — 2013-04-18 @ 11:59 pm
  23. Bigger family happy, family bigger.

    Comment by Earl Laks — 2013-05-19 @ 6:35 pm

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