Throughout history most civilizations have used wedding throws of various kinds as a means of conferring fertility and good luck to the bride and groom. The wedding throw was initially a pagan rite, and grains and seeds were thrown rather than rice, which spread from the orient to the west in the Middle Ages. What people threw would naturally depend on the crops indigenous to the area, and the idea was that the fertility symbolized by the seeds would be passed on to the couple. Perhaps fresh rose petals were used as wedding throws in the middle ages, since they are known to have been used to decorate the bride's hair from very early times.
The origins of the tradition of wedding petals are not so clear-cut, but it is known that in medieval England, it was traditional for the bride to be preceded by a flower girl on her way to church, who would strew fresh rose petals before her. The wedding tradition of a flower girl is symbolic in nature. The young girl, usually in a white dress, represents purity. She walks down the aisle in front of the bride, dropping flower petals, which symbolize fertility. The petals are usually red roses. Red is a vibrant color which represents deep passion and love. Symbolically, the flower girl represents the loss of purity to passion, love and fertility.
The dawn chorus trills arias in duet
Not a dulcet tone morning to forget
Rose shot with purl
A white wedding dress shimmers in sunlight
The blond tresses tied, a threaded delight
Rose petals curl
The fresh flush of a virgin: prescribed writ
The keen purity evident on soffit
Rose throws to hurl
The serene still reflection in mirror
Belie fervid brow - tester an error?
Rose bud unfurls
By Suzette Crous
19 January 2013
Inspired by the quote by William Carlos Williams: “It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.”
purl (n): sewing thread that is made from gold or silver wire
shot (adj): woven of two colours in such a way that when the fabric is viewed from different angles the visible colours change.
Fervid: (poet.) Hot, glowing, impassioned.
Tester (n): Canopy esp. over four-poster bed
Please see the About Section for details explaining the background to this poem.
Usually the same meter (eg as applicable to a couplet) is employed throughout the poem.The number of possible variants following a scheme are too many to list here. Whichever verse pattern you decide on, it must be followed throughout the poem. In this poem I am exploring the possibility of employing two different meter to accentuate the TAIL (line 3) where I changed the meter in lines one and two from anapaestic trimeter to iambic dimeter in line three.
Lines 1 and 2: anapestic trimeter
* * / | * * / | * * / .....* an additional unstressed syllable
I end most of the lines with an extra feminine syllable (unstressed)
Line 3: iambic dimeter
* / | * /