Green Wedding Vows

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Guillermo Gómez-Peña officiated our vows. He wrote and performed the following text. Then at the end of his sermon we said our vows, which we wrote and performed.

Part one: The sermon by Guillermo

(Guillermo does a magical pass & speaks in an indigenous language for about a minute)
Dear locos y locas, friends and colleagues
The earth is in menopause and she is suffering
Mother Earth is suffering continuous attacks and pillage by corporations, governments and irresponsible citizens like some of us, like me,
We are gathered here today to make a loving vow to the earth and to renew the long-lasting love and commitment of paramours Annie and Beth, nuestras queridas brujas y artistas del amor.
(Indigenous language)
We are also gathered here to arouse our passion for the Earth, to take her as our lover. For our bodies are both, an integral part of this Earth and the very site for our critical artwork. And by critical I mean, necessary.
(Indigenous language)

Thus this “green wedding” is first and foremost about love, compassion and commitment to the Earth and its inhabitants. It is also a celebration of Art about love and against war and global warming; against the powers determined to destroy our compassion for the Earth
But before we proceed, please allow me to map out our poetic territory with my words.
(Indigenous language)
Who are “we”?
We, the Other people,
We, the migrants, exiles, & nomads
in permanent process of voluntary deportation
We, the original inhabitants of this Earth
We, the transient orphans of dying nation-states
We, the citizens of the outer limits and crevasses
of "Western civilization"
the outsiders of the much touted global project
We, who have no government;
no flag or national anthem…other than our art
We, interracial lovers,
children of interracial lovers, ad infinitum
We, the New Barbarians
We, the 7th generation, the 4th world, the 3rd country
patiently waiting for Ixtaccíhuatl, Frozen Mother, to wake up
We are gathered here to take the Earth as our lover
(Indigenous language)
We, the Other people,
We, mud people, snake people, tar people
We, bohemians walking on millennial thin ice
Our bodies pierced, tattooed, martyred, scarred
Our skin covered with hieroglyphs & flaming questions
We, the witches who transform trash into wearable art
We, Living Museum of Modern Oddities & Sacred Monsters
We, vatos cromados y chucas neo-barrocas
We, indomitable drag queens, transcendental putas
waiting for love and better conditions in the shade
We, bad boys & bad girls over 50,
We, horny angels & tender demons
We commit to love one another and to love the Earth as daily creed
(Indigenous language)
We, without guns, without Bibles
We, who never pray to the police or to the army
We, who never kissed the hand of a bishop or a curator
We, who barter and exchange favors & talismans
We, who still believe in community, another community,
a much stranger and wider community
community of illness, madness & dissent
community of soil, water, fire and ice
We, frail and defiant; permanently outraged but always tender
We commit through our art to bring Eros back to the Earth
We, the artists & intellectuals who still don't wish to comply
We, who talk back in rarefied symbols & metaphors
against the corruption of formalized religion & art
We, the urban monks who pray in tongues & rap in Esperanto
We, who put on masks, penachos & wigs to shout
We, who dance against the rhythms of the times
We, who suddenly freeze!

standing still in our underwear
right in the center of the stage
with the words carved on our chests:
“Performance artist: will bleed for food”
“Obsessive artist: will die for one idea”

We commit to make art and love
against the Global Warming of our Mother’s body and skin
(Indigenous language)
We, matriots not patriots
We, Americans with foreign accents & purple tongues
We, bilingual, polylingual, cunnilingual
(Indigenous language)
We, baaaad poetry, imperfect art, unbearable noise music
We, the shamans exorcising Enron & Blackwater
the brujos against Microsoft
We, poetas solitarios contra Wal-Mart
dervishes under the arches of McDonalds
radical clowns confronting the global police
We, cyber-coyotes & techno-pirates
We, the ghosts of the past
in cahoots with the future warriors
in cahoots with all innocent civilians killed
on both sides of the useless War on Terror
We, nosotros, going crazy to remain sane
literally dying for new ideas
performing against all odds
dancing on the edge of the crater
singing to postpone the irruption of the volcano
making love to stop the war against difference


our Alaskan hair
our Canadian head
our US torso
our Mexican genitalia
our Central American cojones
our Caribbean vulva
our South American legs
our Patagonian feet
our Antartic nails

jumping borders at ease
jumping borders with pleasure
amen, (tongues)
(Invites the audience to join in with a call & response)

The collective poem:
I now invite you to help me create a collective poem and volunteer the completion of my phrases in a call & response manner. Please speak loudly after me.
I love the earth because…
I enact my commitment to the earth by…
I will make love to the earth by…
My gift to the earth is…

We now invite our beloved Annie and Beth to state their vows to the earth. With this ceremony, they will be formally entering the environmental movement.


Part Two: The Vows

Guillermo: Annie and Beth, are you ready to take your vows?
(Guillermo invites Beth and Annie to stand and come front center stage. As A + B step forward, Nina and Glen bring blanket of sod to front of stage for them to step onto. Annie and Beth stand in it together, Guillermo to their side. A + B take off their shoes.)
Guillermo: What is your gift to the earth?
Beth: We would like to massage the Earth with our feet.
(No.e begins to play a slow steady beat which builds in intensity as energy grows.)
Annie: Yes, before we make our vows, we want to take some moments to get into contact with the Earth. We’d like to invite those that are able to please stand and join us in connecting with the earth. Together let’s massage our Earth with our feet. You can take off your shoes off if you want to. Bridal parties too! Did everyone get a bag of Earth? Please take your Earth in your hands.
(A + B step slowly right and left, right left…. Some improvisation…)
Beth: Step right, left, right, left.
Annie: Lets feel ourselves standing on this beautiful planet. Feel the support.
Beth: Imagine that the Earth feels your massage.
Annie: Right, left. She’s so wonderful. Glorious Earth. Connect with her. She likes it… She loves getting your massage. Hmmm, that’s very nice…
Beth: Now let’s generate some love to send down to the Earth. Tap your chest, then send it down from your heart through your hands and down. Tap and down…
Annie: Feel your consciousness in your feet…etc. Give the Earth a little gratitude for all that she gives you.
(Music builds to a climax, then slows into a more minimal afterglow beat.)
Annie/Beth: (When massage is finished.) You may be seated.
(Guillermo get his table with bowl of clay. Nina and Glen bring some baskets with several clumps of Earth to sides of Annie and Beth. Guillermo begins to bathe his face in green clay. Annie and Beth recite their vows in unison)
(Beth takes first clump of dirt. Annie and Beth hold it together in their hands.)
Earth, we vow to become your lover.
With these steps,
Let us reach your love.

Through our senses we will become your lover.
Everyday we promise to breath in your fragrance(Take turns smelling Earth)
And be opened by you. (Open hands and let dirt fall through fingers)
Let us not be severed from your love. (Turn away, get new clump.)
Everyday we promise to enjoy your colors (Merge two new clumps.)
And be surprised (Crack open the clumps)
Let us not be severed from your love.
Everyday we promise to taste you
(Merge two clumps—take turns to taste. Clumps grow bigger and bigger.)
And be moved.
Let us not be severed from your love.
Everyday ears to the ground we listen, and are changed. (Clumps to ear, take turns)
Let us not be severed from your love.
We promise to love you until death brings us closer together forever.
(Bend down to knees on earth.)
We are consecrated to you, Earth, through this dirt that we will become.
(Annie and Beth are kneeling, and facing each other. Guillermo stands behind Beth and Annie with a hand on each of their shoulders. Nina and Glen take three steps back then turn to leave.)

Guillermo: (To Annie) Will you practice these vows everyday to become a better lover to the Earth?
Annie: Si lo hare! I DO!
Guillermo: (To Beth) Will you practice these vows everyday to become a better lover to the Earth?
Beth: Si lo hare! I DO!
Guillermo: (to audience) Will you practice YOUR vows everyday to become a better lover to the Earth?
Audience: Si lo hare! I do!
(Annie and Beth rise with help from Nina and Glen.)


Part Three: Rings

Guillermo: To remind you of your vows each day you will have rings. May we have the rings please?
(Tina Takemoto walks to center stage and presents the rings.
Annie and Beth put the rings on each other’s fingers.)

Guillermo: (To Annie, Beth and the audience) You may now kiss the Earth!
(Nina and Glen give the brides some loose earth from the basket. Annie and Beth then take turns to kiss the Earth. Assistants, bridal party, and audience can kiss their bags of Earth. Or get down on the ground and kiss it. Have some plants on stage to kiss stage and bags.)
Guillermo: (To Annie and Beth) You may now kiss the bride!
Guillermo moves to the side. Annie and Beth kiss each other passionately.
Guillermo: (to audience) You may now all kiss each other.(Nina and Glen do a friendly kiss with each other..)
Guillermo: I now pronounce you GREEN!


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