He Came Across a New Word

“An epithalamium (/ˌɛpɨθəˈleɪmiəm/; Latin form of Greek ἐπιθαλάμιον epithalamion from ἐπί epi “upon,” and θάλαμος thalamos nuptial chamber) is a poem written specifically for the bride on the way to her marital chamber.”

He came across a new word: epithalamium.
The poet wrote a poem titled Epithalamion for his
friends on the occasion of their marriage. It was
sensuous and tender and poetically descriptive
of two becoming one. He read the poem on the
day before the twentieth anniversary of his wed-
ding. Ironically on the same day, the day before
his twentieth, a friend, not knowing of the sign-
ificance of the up-coming day, had sent a wed-
ding reception toast which covered the four
loves: storge — empathy, philia — friendship,
eros — physical attraction, agape — self-sacri-
ficial love. He thought about the beautiful epi-
poem and the four loves and thou-
ght they were all wonderful but after twenty the
second time and twenty-six the first, he decid-
ed that he’d better pay the most attention to
agape if the other three had any chance of sur-
vival. Sometimes age and experience lend
themselves towards wisdom, sometimes.

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