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The Musings of a Bride-to-flee

Teodora is a bilingual writer. She is the author of two books, a poetry volume and a collection of short stories.


Five slithering syllables nestling in my ear: “To have and to hold...”

Until when? I ask myself and in your irises I glimpse a tint of infinity.

What is this fanciful figment of love that I am breathing in

only to exhale it the instant I start to unclothe

the smooth secrets scribbled in my palm

by the chiromantic chimera that every bride is secretly afraid of?

Perhaps the answer lies in the all-encompassing grip of your

five-fingered hand.


As you may have already noticed, if you read the last word of each line (plus the last three letters of ‘unclothe’), you will recognize a famous line from William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence”:hold infinity in the palm of your hand.” I love his poetry, and this was a sort of ‘poetic duet.’

I don’t remember whether this is a specific poetry form. If it is, I would be happy to know what it’s called.

The poem illustrates the nervousness experienced by a future bride at the thought of spending her whole life with the man who is going to be her husband. She also contemplates her destiny and the meaning of love.

Remember Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts? That bride fleed more than a couple of times.

...and the bride runs away! (again)

© 2021 Teodora Gheorghe

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