Photo Challenge:  Poem – Ninefold – “A Ruined Wedding Dress” #amwriting #poetry

Thanks to MindLovesMisery’s Menagerie for hosting this week’s photo challenge.



Her dress floats on water, foam and tulle froth.

Hair braided, done-up, style for a doll. 

Jasmine perfume wafts with her kite.


She wonders why she’s sitting here, chair —

Afloat, with her on it; and she’s perturbed, 

Caught between a woman and a girl in —


Wedding dress; she flew far, with spirit.

No pastor to bind her to God and man, 

She grins at her ruined lace dress soaked. 


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

25 thoughts on “Photo Challenge:  Poem – Ninefold – “A Ruined Wedding Dress” #amwriting #poetry

  1. clcouch123 September 9, 2016 / 12:15 am

    Sounds like Ophelia who never got to wedding dress. The tension is effectively drawn between the girl and the woman, which is where I imagine where most women are. Of course, unlike Ophelia, the speaker could float and then get out of the water. Couldn’t she? As you typically make, this is thought-provoking work, Mandi.

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    • mandibelle16 September 9, 2016 / 1:07 am

      Thanks again for commenting. I think she could get out. I imagine she is here, kind of half in reality, half in a dream state. She was going to be forced to marry, but now she is free. But free to do what now?

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  2. rosemawrites September 9, 2016 / 3:57 am

    this is eerie and also intriguing. did she run away on her own wedding? was it arranged?
    great, piece!

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    • mandibelle16 September 9, 2016 / 4:29 am

      Thanks Rosema. Yeah, the picture is great. She was forced into marriage and ran away. She is young, inexperienced, has the freedom she desires but doesn’t know what to do next. I think her floating here is a half-daydream like state, but also strangely real. She isn’t sure what now, and how to go about it.

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      • rosemawrites September 9, 2016 / 5:28 am

        Oh wooow. love the sorry beneath the story! Great, Mandi!

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      • mandibelle16 September 9, 2016 / 5:32 am

        Yeah, I’m thinking I might write more. Or another piece on it — fiction? It’s really got me thinking and you can’t say much in a ninefold poem 🙂 thanks again.

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  3. Copper Cranes September 9, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Mandi, a beautifully sad poem, although she does grin at the end. Full of wonderful imagery. I especially like, “Jasmine perfume wafts with her kite.” Wishing you a very creative day. ~ Mia

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