The Bridal Veil

Hidden behind the veil dear beautiful bride,

Your parents’ pride,

Their lifelong dream to see this day

This very auspicious day,

Eyes shining like twinkling stars,

Nay, a galaxy of stars,

Be not so coy,

Oh, you the bridegroom’s joy!


Wait pretty one,

Wait the chosen one,

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven times,

Round the fire you’ll go, remember seven times,

To swear, with love, with expectation,

To follow your life companion,

Through path thorny or smooth, with devotion,

in total submission.


And when the veil goes down,

To be tucked around,

Be ready,

And steady.

The decorative bridal henna on the hands,

With vigorous work at hand,

Will be busy tackling challenges, forgetting the ease,

Having one and all to please.


Oh, the moment heavenly,

Of being under the lovely bridal veil, momentarily,

All decked up, shining in glory,

Of paradise gained though transitorily,

Awaiting romanticism, and love unfathomable,

In the warmth of nuptial bliss, unforgettable,

Great holy vows,

Heart going wow, wow, wow!


And with a heigh and a ho,

With much pomp and show!


@Pushmaotee Subrun


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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

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