Synonym for Marriage
Pledge – bond, allegiance, alliance, a yearning
for a god; mercy, agape, grace; a chance against
the odds; a dervish dance; benevolence. In a
sentence: The first love was cherubic eros, a child
with a flaming torch; gold and leaden arrows, one
to arouse – the other for unfathomable sorrow.
Deception – duplicitous, the let-down, the Judas Kiss;
a double-crossing, ill offering; the trick among tricks
that colors history. In a sentence: There was little doubt
in ancient days that Medea, slayer of offspring,
chariot-maid, was by a spouse – by the stars,
by the forces of a spinning earth – betrayed.
Forgiveness – pity, mercy, leniency. In a sentence:
The earliest Greek dream for repentance is a stable
to clean, its benches built for milking cows,
not a sinner’s crawl; a purging of the stench
of an unkept stall; a never forgotten love,
Penelope’s woven – and unwoven – shawl.
Faith – hope, truth, fealty, constancy; renewed belief.
In a sentence: The ancients were sure the ring
finger pointed to the heart. Hence, this never-ending
band – once made of leather, bone, ivory – has no
region, no mythic stop or start, no legend small enough
to capture the difference in a master’s and a servant’s call.