Mystery Bride


Mystery Bride

As ceremonies go, theirs was most whimsical in nature—
as original in rite as in its nomenclature,
for to the credit of the groom, who set custom aside,
it was he who chose to take the last name of the bride.

Right off, it captured interest the day the knot was tied
when his wife-to-be was clothed with little left to hide.
Swathed in camouflage from her head top to her toes,
you couldn’t see the bride at all. You only saw her clothes.

So since no one had met the bride, when  their “I do’s” were said
without the bridal burqa being lifted from her head,
nobody really knew at all what his Mrs. looked like.
The groom was heard to say it only mattered what she cooked like.

And so the mystery of the bride remains up to this day.
If his family’s seen her, not one of them will say.
And though his treatment of his bride is thought by some as vicious,
all agreed the wedding cake she baked was most delicious.

Prompts today are cinch, ceremony, whimsical, capture and interest.
Photo by Omar Belattar on Unsplash, used with permission.

6 thoughts on “Mystery Bride

  1. Stine Writing

    That is some fantastic rhyming and a super story too! I love it! One of the things I think I lack in my rhyming, when I am trying to write picture books, is incorporating enough information to make it a good story. This was great! I will keep it in mind as a positive model!

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  2. Oluwatosin Okupa

    A stunning tale of two mysterious worlds. There’s no doubt, this practice is still very much alive across diverse traditions in the world. Thanks for pointing this out!

    Liked by 1 person


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