Never ignore the footnotes
opening the dresser drawer
the old bride lifts out the box of bewilderment,
she sits cross legg'd on the dingy neglect'd carpet
and open'd the scrap book
once known as her wedding album
as she held it to her hollow chest,
she fought off stinging heartbeats,
she thought long and hard about the deception,
and where her head was at when
his head was workin' her once forbidden box like she was
an all-you-can-eat delicatessen,
a one-night-stand-get-a baby-free. . .
gift wrap not included
. . . . the embarrassment for the family
would be too much for mama to take,
she said 'I Do" when he had intentions to keep doing
everybody else, in spite of recalling his vow to God
and the cloud of sight-seeing witnesses who show'd up
just to see if the beauty shop rumors were true .
she flipp'd from vinyl protect'd page after page,
only to conclude an ending that she thought was
rewritable; and as for the promises. . .
hers was the handwriting of sincerity
etch'd on an ivory dream "til' death";
and his? . . . an orchestrat'd forgery
with invisible ink from the devil's pen,
regretting unborn innocence sold away.
© 2006 cynth'ya lewis reed
all rights reserv'd
Cynth'ya Lewis Reed (MsCocoDrama) at MySpace
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|Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson
|Whew! It's hot in here! lol! Well told!|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|outstanding composition, Cynth'ya ... you really brought this topic into perspective ...|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Scorching, indeed; powerful, thought provoking write with a needed, heartbreaking message. Well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|You tell it like it is, Sista; and I am a better person in knowing you. Thanks for sharing; extremely well done! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Thanks for the call last night; it was great to talk to you! Thanks, too, for the prayers; they are much appreciated! :)
|Reviewed by Sherry Heim
|In these times, the number of women who still “accidentally” get pregnant shocks me. I don't think that marriage is the answer if the love and respect are not there to carry the vows through, but even in today's society, we force these marriages then wonder why the divorce and adultery rates are so high...and the poor innocent children who get caught in the crossfire is a bloody shame. Excellent write, Cynth'ya.
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Oh boy can I relate....