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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


Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 23, 2021:

Such a beautiful and insightful comment, Li-Jen, as always! :) Yes, the lines of the poem could also work in a song, maybe a ballad. :))

Li-Jen Hew on September 23, 2021:

I like the structure of the poem, Teodora. This particular structure or a little detached style gives an impression of an insecure bride who's having second thoughts and overthinking. Nice of you to also show appreciation towards William Blake's quote. Good attitude hehe. The poem also looks like nice song lyrics.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thank you very much, Ogundare!

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on September 23, 2021:

Splendid work.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thank you, Rinita! I assume you didn't flee. :)) Kidding.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada! I'm really glad you liked the poem.

Rinita Sen on September 23, 2021:

Unique piece and marvelously done! Don't know if there's a name either, but the style is a brilliant idea. As to the subject of the poem, well, been there, done that, lol!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 23, 2021:

Nice poem, to express the sentiments of a bride-to-be. Yes, there is a nervousness, an uncertainty etc. You have portrayed this beautifully in a unique form of poetry. Nice work, and I liked it.

Thank you for sharing!

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 23, 2021:

Thank you, John! There are so many forms of poetry. I'm sure there is a name for this one. :)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 23, 2021:

I love the poem of a nervous bride, and how you wove the 'William Blake' line in the last word of every line. It probably is a specific form of poetry but I am not aware of the name. Good work.

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