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Wedding Day ©

Josephine Duthie
Aberdeen, Scotland
2004

I fear today.
Whispers rise and fall behind me,
and I imagine the stares
burning my back.
I fear them all.

I hear your feet
slowly walking towards me,
and I stand anchored
in case I falter.

The anthem wails
like a deserted mermaid
stranded on a distant rock,
and I shiver distress.

Your dress rustles
and your warm hand touches mine.
Your face, hidden by a misted veil
soothes me and invites me to stay,
and we fear together.



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