Maria Magdalena Biela


The Wedding Photo


They stood there smiling in black and white
holding their fingers tender and tight.
They knew the secrets of a past tense heart
they knew of a future 'till death do us part'.

They tell a story that starts with 'I do! '.
They dream of a lifetime witnessed by two.
They hold their crowns as King and his Queen
They know not that marriage is simply a scene.

She hopes to be mother and blessed to be.
He hopes to write poems and countries to see.
She loves to become a woman at last.
He loves her in the future, present and past.

They both look so happy and deeply in love.
They both dream of marriage as life in a grove.
They both do not know the 'I do' aftermath
for they both envisioned a different path.

(Finland, February 2014)

Submitted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Edited: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Topic of this poem: wedding


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I dedicate this poem to my parents' 60 years anniversary.

Comments about this poem (The Wedding Photo by Maria Magdalena Biela )

  • Gold Star - 8,401 Points Daniel Brick (1/25/2015 4:25:00 AM)

    Marriage as LIFE IN A GROVE. That sounds like a Garden of Eden image of marriage. And that is too short a story to provide guidance for something as complex as the living together of two human beings.Did you know Mark Twain late in his career wrote a novel about Adam and Eve. It's satirical and irreverent, and very funny and moving. But it is definitely realistic and not fantasy. You suggest that the different paths envisioned by this couple will lead to troubles. Agreed. They have adjustments to make. But the photo of your parents at the beginning of their long marriage gives hope for the best. Or perhaps it's not your parents but just a couple of young people who can stand in for all such couples committing thmselves. (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 591 Points Magdalena Biela (1/25/2015 5:53:00 AM)

    They are my wonderful parents! This poem shows my thoughts about them, how I understood their marriage, their dreams, their hopes, many of them unfulfilled until now when they celebrated 60 years of life together. I guess that marriage is and means a different grove for each couple. Now, when I am married myself, I understand better that wedding photo, their smiles and hopes and thoughts of then, and their image of now, their eyes shivering in tears thinking of that time of the wedding day and all the road taken up to now, all the challenges, all the compromises, the whole love that embraced their marriage and blessed them with children and grandchildren and grand grandchildren... They fulfilled their dreams, maybe not same dreams that can be guessed in their wedding photo eyes, but equally important, if not way more important and meaningful...Each couples lives in their chosen grove...

  • Freshman - 1,092 Points Shabeeh Haider (10/29/2014 3:52:00 AM)

    A lovely rhythm and flow to this poem. We need poets who will bring back the era of Romantic poetry. With poets like you, we will not be disappointed (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 591 Points Magdalena Biela (10/29/2014 5:31:00 AM)

    Blessed be!

  • Rookie Louis Cordoba (2/21/2014 4:25:00 AM)

    Thank you, Magdalena, for this wonderful poem! My parents' 50 years anniversary is coming up and I will be happy to write on their congratulations card your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mika Peltola (2/21/2014 2:22:00 AM)

    This is an outstanding image of two people, man and woman, getting married in the Greek Orthodox Church: King and his Queen in marriage. A story framed by 60 years of life together. Congratulations to the parents and their daughter! (Report) Reply

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