To the Man I Married by Angela Manalang Gloria
You are my earth and all that earth implies:
The gravity that ballasts me in space,
The air I breathe, the land that stills my cries
For food and shelter against devouring days.
You are the earth whose orbit marks my way
And sets my north and south, my east and west,
Your are the final, elemental clay
The driven heart must turn to for its rest.
If in your arms that hold me now so near
I lift my keening thoughts to another one,
As trees long rooted to the earth uprear
Their quickening leaves and flowers to the sun,
You who are earth, O never doubt that I
Need you no less because I need the sky!
I can not love you with a love
That outcompares the boundless sea,
For that were false, as no such love
And no such ocean can ever be.
But I can love you with a love
As finite as the wave that dies
And dying holds from crest to crest
The blue of everlasting skies.
She considers her husband her earth. The Earth that nourishes her, the Earth that gives her everything in order to live.The Earth that provides for her. Her husband is also the air she breathes, the orbit that sets off her directions in life.Not only does the Earth provides for her living, it also gives her resting place by the time she rejoins her Almighty Creator.
It may seem that her Earth is the only thing that she needs but no! She also needs her Sky, her Almighty Creator. But that Doesn't mean that she loves her Earth any less.
Her love for her Earth might be great but it is not comparable to the ocean. Not because her love wasn't real or great or what, but because in reality, only the Almighty Creator can love as great as an ocean. But she compares her love to the waves.