8th April 2022

Wedding Readings: Shinji Moon

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Welcome back to our weekly segment where we source and share some of our favourite texts perfect for weddings. This week we are focusing on quotes and passages from poet, Shinji Moon. We try and include a variety of ideas so that there is a reading suggestion for every kind of speech at every kind of wedding!

Shinji Moon is a Korean-American poet. Her book The Anatomy of Being is a beautiful exploration of existence. Part poetry anthology and part autobiography, her book has some gloriously worded observations about love.

However, if you are looking for a reading suggestion for a specific event, please feel free to leave us a comment. We would love to help you source one.


Shinji Moon Quotes for Weddings


“I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know that there’s nothing but light when I see you.”


“You were the first word that I ever wanted to write.”


“English language, my ass.
When you kiss me, my syntax hits
the wall across the room and shatters
in shards of words that scatter
across the floor.” 


“You are beautiful because you let yourself feel, and that is a brave thing indeed.”


“I think we all speak a different sort of language
than one another, but boy you sound a whole lot like coffee on a
Sunday morning.”


“And still,
Your mouth on my mouth
Is a thought as fresh as
Melting icicles away
With my breath”


“Tectonic plates are shifting beneath my skin
and there’s a new continent in my chest
that I want to call by your name”


“I will never fail to inflate my lungs for you when you’re a hundred miles deep, heading headfirst towards a telephone pole – screaming – because you have pulled out all your own brakes.”


“I touch the knots beneath the skin of your back,
trace the tree lines around your wrist,
and you smile at me and I love you
for how human you are.”



When the wind blows
all your candles out, when the stars
turn to plumes of smoke,
when your mother makes you watch
as the matches burn out in her eyes,

Let me hold your hand, your skin,
the stones you’ve swallowed in your sleep.

Let me
slip your soul out of your skin
so you can sleep in my palms
for tonight.”


“Underneath the moonlight,
we laid and laughed
like run-on sentences, kissed like ellipses, and
you held me so close that I wear my bones down smooth
the grain of your skin.”


Why We Love Them

These Shinji Moon quotes are perfect for weddings because they offer a deeply personal perspective on love. Moon’s work often references mental health. Many of these passages deal with the issues of depression, and the ways in which deep romantic love can become a vehicle for respite. Each quote or passage by Shinji Moon can be used in so many ways during your wedding. They are perfect as sentimental additions to your invitations or programme of events. Equally they can be read out as part of a speech or vows.