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A Veil vs A Heart – Two Poems; Two Poets

So it was:

In my veil by Emillia

Paparazzi jostling and shouting

As soon as my feet land on the red carpet

Walking down the aisle

My veil surrounding me like a soft haze

My heart skipping a beat

Nervous I grow.

Determined enough

Not to crease my gown

Not to be stumbled by it

The very feeling a bride dreads

Not wishing to make all the efforts go down the drain.

Feeling alive as the camera lights flash on me

Making short steps

And pausing coyly as I count on

An itch on my neck

But I can’t scratch it here!

No one seems to be fidgeting

Every eyeball is fastened on me

My chin tilted down

 A thing I had seen past brides do

Not wanting to make other see me try so hard

Scanning the place

Lavish flower arrangements

Leading to the podium.

And there I see him

Feeling his burning eyes on me

Attempts to avoid the gaze not working

My already crossed fingers shaking

My promise of a lifetime

Whisper your vows gently

Whisper them till my inner spirits hear

Slip that precious ring on my finger

Beam me with delight

To preserve this fresh love.

©Emillia

And here is why:

heartbeat

for my BF

slow heartbeat

soft beating heart

another heart beats

not my heart beating

our hearts beating

beating at once

ours beat as one.

bc

© Cornelius Okello

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4 comments on “A Veil vs A Heart – Two Poems; Two Poets

  1. OTIENO B.C.
    April 29, 2013

    Very nice arrangement and play of words. reading both poems I feel some sort of beat in the back of my mind (maybe its just me)
    Very good description in “My veil” I can just “see” the bride (I have always wondered and imagined if they feel itchy from their veil or attire and if so when to they scratch).
    In “Heartbeat” I felt like I’m left dry and hanging. I guess its lover’s heart beating or probably music….drums

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  2. elovepoetry
    April 30, 2013

    I like ‘In My Veil’ more, it’s cinematic in a kind of way, the description vivid capturing pictures mostly seen in dreams but turning the dream to a lucid one. Great Work!!!

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  3. michael mwangi macharia
    April 30, 2013

    A VEIL captures the anxieties and thoughts behind the bridal net-such mixed emotion[sorrow and fulfillment]at once.
    A HEART is more playful and easy…hearts beating each to each-nyambura and waiyaki of the river between
    come to mind here.

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  4. Thank you.

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