In some parts of India,
married couples are tied to each other
with threads, as well as to mango trees;
they marry the trees, as well as one another,
and the two mango trees marry each other.
The thread that holds couples together
is weak and spun out of habit;
love itself grows thin from mistrust.
This ceremony promises
an eternal love using the two trees;
barely touching, they stand together
as a symbol of true love -
a thread that is invisible, yet everlasting.