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The Bride

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The Bride

Not with the longing of a bride,
But with the trepidations of one 
Who is bought and sold,
I wait behind half-caste shadows
For one I have seen but never known.

Today I have come of age,
And I will discover
What my sisters already know.
Perhaps one day I will be grateful
For the choice that has been made for me.
In any case, it is of little consequence.
My body must become supple at his command
For fear of retribution.

The old women tell me that I was bred
For this purpose and, since I am here waiting,
I can find no fallacy in what they say.

At dusk, my mother washed and braided my hair
And rubbed me down in scented oils,
All the while extolling the virtues
And pleasures of becoming a woman.
She spoke quickly, but not quickly enough
To disguise the tears I heard beneath her words.
And because I could bear her sadness no longer,
I feigned a look of anticipatory delight.
When she grew quiet, I knew it was time for me to go.

And so,
I am here waiting for the heavy footsteps to come
To take from me that which I thought was mine.

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 6:09:00 AM
    Touching, sad, uncertain.

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 8:45:00 PM
    This seems to be about an arranged marriage - intresting! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo
    Date: 8/31/2012 11:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Anish!
  1. Date: 1/30/2012 11:15:00 PM
    Thank you Sara. I appreciate your comments about my poem. And I wasn't being kind when I commented on your work. It's really wonderful. Bev

    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo
    Date: 1/30/2012 11:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oops!
  1. Date: 1/30/2012 1:31:00 PM
    Great emotive and expressive work about something that has never seemed right but that is the way of some cultures..I am glad that I chose this one to read this afternoon..Thanks for the kind review of my work..Sara

    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo
    Date: 1/30/2012 11:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sara. I really appreciate your comments.
    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo
    Date: 1/30/2012 11:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sara. I really appreciate your comments. And I wasn't being kind when I commented on your work. It's wonderful.
  1. Date: 1/26/2012 10:51:00 AM
    I like the theme of this. very good job. Tom

    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo
    Date: 1/26/2012 7:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Tom. I'm glad that you like it.