29th July 2021

Gillian Abbott – The Proposal

Gillian Abbott

Editors Note: Gillian Abbott, dancer and actress, expresses the commitment of marriage through this piece of poetry. 


Take my hand and I will lead you.

Your heart held, your crown placed, your horse groomed.


I take you as my bride.


To love and to hold until death washes over us, revealing

our faces beneath the veil.

Face to face.

Touch to touch.

Lip to lip.


I take you as my bride.


Dressed in silky snow, melting the cumbersome robes of our guests.

Sharing your steadfast spirit within, ever resonating in each soul.


I take you as my bride to guide the ones darkest in shame.

To invoke joy where excruciating pain swallows life like

hot taffy, solidifying just before the next breath.


I take you as my bride.


You, who know the black tornado picking up houses built on sand.

You, who rebuild your house on rock.

One. Brick. At. A. Time.

You, who believe in the unconditional love you hold.

You, who grow more beautiful each day.


I take you as my bride.

I see you.

I hear you.

And to you I say, I do.


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Gillian Abbott made her National Tour debut as “Baby” in Dirty Dancing and her television debut on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She has performed in choreographer Stacey Tookey’s "Moments Defined", The Metropolitan Opera’s "Prince Igor" and "MacBeth", and Cirque du Soleil's Beatles "LOVE". She is a proud graduate of The Juilliard School and feels blessed to have begun her journey in Calgary, Alberta among family, friends, and mentors. Thanks be to God!

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