“Before the Wedding” – A Poem

Published Saturday, June 4, 2011 by Chasing Neptune

“Before the Wedding” is the English translation of the poem & painting title.

— denotes stanza break, because this has been unclear in previous posts.

Antes de la Boda

           from the painting by Antonio Muñoz Degrain

The bones of her corset creak against her

ribs as she breathes, Necesito un momento,

por favor.

Eyelids drooping, she dreams of salt

water dried on her skin, of the warm breeze

tangling her curls. Of Valencia.


She clasps her right hand, wrist

bruised and aching from her father’s

demanding grasp. Wrapped tightly in satin

and trimmed with ribbon,

she is the gift. White and soft,

she is the dove. Her bouquet,

the olive branch.


3 comments on ““Before the Wedding” – A Poem

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