The Bride

Like morning dew on rose petals, tears line her eyes.
The hint of a smile upon her lips hides the uncertainty inside.
And under the pressures of expectations that are on the rise,
she has to metamorphose into a diamond shining so bright.

For tonight, she leaves the only family she knows
to embrace another one as part of her fate
while beautiful people in beautiful clothes arrive at her door
to eat, sing, dance, make merry and celebrate.

What does she get when she has given up everything?
Are her dreams and wishes worth nothing?
And should her hopes be laid to rest, unceremoniously
under a pile of social norms and opinions?

Or is she the example of one who is brave
as she sets out into the unfamiliar, uncharted territory
of a new house, new relationships and a new name
to be the half that begins life’s very story?

8 thoughts on “The Bride

  1. Anu March 26, 2016 / 11:24 am

    Rupali very nice. Every girl experiences these beautiful moment

    • rupali66 March 26, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Thanks. I wanted to capture just this, among other things

  2. Shashikala March 26, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Certainly each bride is brave enough to face the unknown challenges in her new life…leaving all tats hers…
    A master piece Rupali…

    • rupali66 March 26, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Thanks. You have identified with my feelings on this. I feel so good!

  3. Chetan Shiriya March 26, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Nice one Rupali….its something touches the heart.

    • rupali66 March 26, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks Chetan! I’m happy you could connect to it.

  4. rohini99 May 13, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Love it Rupali! So glad to see you’re moving into uncharted territory too… the not too heavy rhyming, the more relaxed line structure. Very nice indeed!

    • rupali66 May 14, 2016 / 2:23 am

      Thanks aunty. Yes, I tried something different with this one. I’m glad you liked it.

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