Sylvia's Wedding

Sylvia's Wedding

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

a distant cousin
tracing our family tree
forwarded to me, unexpectedly
an old monochrome photo

try as i might, i dug deep
to remember the day I was a
bridesmaid wearing a
full skirted dress which swept
softly across the bride's bedroom floor

there i was, age four
with my fair hair bobbed in waves
crowned with a garland of
tiny flowers, parading in lilac silk
(that i do know)
maybe that's where my fetish
for lilac and purple hues came from

what a to do
the sum of what sprung to mind and i'm
sure they didn't mean to be unkind
were my aunties laughing when
my tummy rumbled

i felt my cheeks blush again
creeping red and then my brother
of three screaming his head off
because he too wanted to be
a bridesmaid

that is the total of all i can recall
of Sylvia's grand top and tails marriage
which sadly ended in divorce

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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Chris, that’s a vivid recollection. And, the last stanza is the perfect capstone. Though we shouldn’t be surprised at the divorce, it hits hard here. So much depth and color in your poem, and yet the event means little to history it seems. Another fine poem.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

You are so right. You can't help a wandering mind when you look at photos of relatives from the past.. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Same here, Chris. I was just thinking about a black and white photo from the 1930s, all the men (Ge.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

I'm sure there is a poem in there:) Enjoy the day.



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It’s always a treat to read your poems with their vividness, this made me smile, I could imagine when you were four, made me laugh, at the part where your brother wanted to be a bridesmaid and frown at the ending. A well composed poem. :)))

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Dear pinhead, I am so pleased you like my poetry and I certainly appreciate your visits. Thank you.<.. read more
A amazing story shared in poem dear Chris. I liked the old photos. Can take us back to good days and the bad days. Thank you for sharing the poem and the memory.
Coyote

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Coyote. I love looking at old photographs too. The older the better. I find them fascinati.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

I enjoyed this one and you are welcome dear Chris.
Looking at Old photos
certainty bring fond
memories some of the nicest
and elaborate weddings with
all its fineries and fancy
trimmings sadly end in divorce
and some who elope without
much ado last a lifetime..
strange how that comes about

well written piece
here chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Fran. Yes sometimes it works out that way. The most expensive of weddings can end in failu.. read more
  Fran Marie

1 Week Ago

your most
welcome dear
Chris
Wow, such an emotional write here, so well expressed. Divorces stink so bad.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you so much Kym. Yes divorce is unpleasabt for all concerned. This wedding didn't have a happy.. read more
Old photos and memories
Things long forgot > the lilac silk dress your bro wanting to be a bridesmaid - well he was only three

You brought back my aunt's wedding to her soldier boy > He had returned from Malta, and after a short leave was going back to Germany > Mum made her wedding dress using some printed silk dad had sent in a parcel from whevere he was stationed > i was a page boy or something > I had to wear my Sunday best suit (Short trousers)


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Wild Rose for calling and sharing your own memories of weddings long gone. Yes, Sunday bes.. read more
Wild Rose

1 Week Ago

your story brought it back - clothes rationing - make do and mend
Old curtains made into coat.. read more
But I bet you remembered every detail at the time, as you played grown up in a world we'd all too soon know, knows no grownups exist.
I wonder what your brothers memories of this scene would be... You should phone him right now and ask 😀

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Lorry

1 Week Ago

I remember being jealous of my sisters communion, as they looked like brides, where we looked like b.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Now that is a great pity. I felt a poem might follow :))
Lorry

1 Week Ago

Ha....... No! 🤓
Have always liked "lilac and purple hues."
When I was in kindergarten, the class was assigned a scene of mother, father and baby
to color. I crayoned everything and everybody purple. Naturally, I did not receive
a gold star for my "radical interpretation." Nor did I deserve one.
The broken vow of divorce is a cancer on society.
Still, your precious childhood wedding remembrances thoroughly charm the reader.


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Jimmy. I love that you crayoned everything and anyone purple. I do love the lilacs and pur.. read more
you still have that memory...even if the marriage didn't work out, you still have that snapshot,
and can laugh about it now.
I couldn't help but think of another Sylvia as i read this.
another marriage that ended in divorce...and a young girl who never thought she was quite good enough.
I love how you bring this photo to life with your words,
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Jacob, and of course I know who else you were thinking of when you read my lines. I do lov.. read more
The best laid plans of men and church mice often
go astray when organ music plays...
But flower girls of age four leave petals in the aisle
where one day she will also smile and hopefully
give birth eventually to other little boys and girls
who will venture into wedding vows until the sun sets
in the west after bringing a legacy of love and ever after.
tenderly, Pat

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you Pat for your lovely poetic response. I get so much from looking at old photos. Have a grea.. read more
Started with happy memories, ended with something sad. But I think the mix of both is all about life. It shouldn't stop anyone. I love the way you put your emotions on this write. It's lovely.
You know how to include outsiders like us in your memory and make us witness it as if we were there too.
Love it!

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

Thank you moog-drika. Really appreciate your thoughts. All good wishes.

Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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