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Rite of Passage

Rite Of Passage
My Walk to Remember

My father takes my hand,
   tucks it in the crook of his arm
      and smiles at me as we walk through 
         the old pasture that has been transformed
            into an outdoor chapel
Tears roll down his face
   with each paced step we take,
      towards the alter, the pastor
         And the hopeful face of my
            of my husband to be
His grip tightens on my hand
   as the congregation stands
      and all eyes turn towards our progression
         as the clouds give way to the
            warming April sun.
I recall the pungent, smoky scent of
   the tanned buckskins we wore,
see the blue cone of the tepee with
   lodge poles reaching towards the pale blue sky
the red and white bunting my sister
   so carefully wrapped around the fence posts
My Beloved’s eyes shining with
   promise, hope and love
and the Indian flute music that
   drifted on the tangy spring air
      marking my rite of passage from
              Daughter to Wife.

Copyright © Trudy Diane Rider

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  1. Date: 1/12/2012 5:43:00 PM
    magnificent! wish I was there, thanks so much for your kind comments. Light & Love Always

  1. Date: 10/29/2009 11:49:00 AM
    Excellent poem Trudy, and lovely to read >> James

  1. Date: 10/24/2009 11:35:00 AM
    Touching and warm! I can feel the love in the air. Emotional day for Papa. Beautiful discription of your wedding. ...buckskin...indian flute music...I got the scene. Hey! thanks for passing by and commenting on my poems and the congrats.

  1. Date: 10/21/2009 9:17:00 AM
    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL ! ... I Loved This One... Going into my Fav's For Sure ! Good Write Trudy .... MoonBee

  1. Date: 10/20/2009 9:32:00 AM
    Nothing more heartwarming than a father that loves his daughter that much, Trudy. A masterful tribute to dad as well as, I am sure a beautiful daughter, that this dad was so proud of. Best of wishes. Sincerely, Love, Moses

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 12:08:00 PM
    Thank you for your warm comments on my poem, and thank you for bringing back fond and warm memories of that day I walked my daughter down the aisle, and of my later singing,"Sunrise, Sunset," "All I Ask of You," and "The Lord's Prayer." And all through the ceremony, despite the lump in my throat, I succeeded in holding back the tears. Wishing you the best in the contest.

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 8:05:00 AM
    Beautiful piece, Trudy. Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/18/2009 2:18:00 PM
    Diane, This is beautiful. It leaves me speechless and reverent. Love, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 10/16/2009 8:30:00 AM
    This is a lovely remeberance, Trudy! You captured this moment, this walk and displayed it so beautifully. Good luck in the contest! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 11:09:00 AM
    And the winner is........Trudy, I wish you the best in Constance's contest. This is truly beautiful. Love, Carol