Excited, full of nervous anticipation
When I circled around the sacred fire
With you, following our ancient tradition
My eyes brimming with hope and desire
Having avowed to seven, not just one
Lives to be spent bound by matrimony
Each moment to be lived together in unison
Serious commitment was cloaked in ceremony
And so we began, with dreams in our eyes
Drowned in the freshness of being with each other
Drunk in love’s wine, each of us did surmise
That this would be how we would journey together..
Little had we anticipated the vicissitude
That crept into our relationship stealthily
With time, slowly morphed our attitude
From love to contempt imperceptibly.
The reasons were never quite clear
How irritation turned into frank resentment
We got ensconced in separate spheres
We never had any presentiment..
And so we lived from day to day
Together, but going our separate way
Even though the path was dark
Patiently I waited for the spark
That hope would one day ignite
Turned out on this count I was right-
One day as the attic we cleared
We stumbled upon a dust-smeared
Forgotten photo-album of our wedding
We could not help drop everything
And stare at the images, be reminded
Of love and hope that had us blinded
All the vows that we had exchanged
Came back, in a new light explained
Love that had wilted got a fresh lease
Passion we unlocked with a new set of keys…
The album now occupies a venerable place
As it was what brought us face to face
With the reality of our married life
And magically resolved a painful strife.
P.S. The image above represents a wedding “mandap”.