A substitute!

Michelle’s prompt guidelines

  1. Take out your handkerchief (yes, the one in your pocket right now- no cheating).
    • Remember that during the Renaissance period, a handkerchief was considered to be a powerful symbol of a woman. Giving this item to a woman meant true love, honesty, commitment, and righteousness.
  2. If by chance you don’t have a handkerchief, explore your creative side and imagine you are holding one right now.
  3. Write an ode to your handkerchief (or make-believe handkerchief). Make it sound like a love ode.


I searched my pockets, my bag but it wasn’t there

A hanky I knew I had kept for emergencies, handy

Disappointed, I felt I had to resort to using paper napkin

For this auspicious occasion, just something disposable

I wiped my streaming tears and running nose discreetly

Stowed away the soiled napkin in a corner of my pocket

The handkerchief that I had hoped to use to treasure this occasion

Was left ironed and folded on my dressing table, forlorn

On my daughter’s wedding, I had no memento to record

The joyful tears of a mother witnessing her precious child’s foray

Into the wedded bliss, leaving her parent’s home forever


In response to W3, hosted by David



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