epithalamium in double etheree

young bride
a flower
a maidenhead
blooming in the night
unfold your soft petals
set your lily stamen free
filaments, anthers and pistils
stimulating your sweet nectary
a simultaneous pollination
transubstantiates this love between we
cocooning in a honeymoon suite
we merge into morning bright wings
rise up Lepidoptera
flitter dry our wet wings
these petals so white
unfold sunlight
and flutter

Brenda Warren 2012

NaPoWriMo 4

This piece is my first double etheree, based on the NaPoWriMo Day 4 prompt.

“…write an epithalamium. This is nothing more or less than a poem celebrating a wedding. The first such poems were popular in the classical world, and were typically addressed to brides. The modern versions are a bit more expansive, and needn’t address just the bride, but can address the whole idea of the wedding, both partners, weddings in general, etc. …. No particular form, length, or rhyme scheme required!”

A double etheree has 1-10 syllables in ascending order through line 10. It has 10-1 syllables in descending order in lines 11-20.

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