A fairy of gossamer and silk,
with fine wings;
blooms in hand, as stiff as a question mark.
Unfolding arcane ritual, ceremonies,
special robes, face paint and sweetmeats;
Rites of passage, to music and dance.
In this liminal space between past and future
between freedom and duty
between excitement and fear
between nights of lust and sleepless
between being whole and splitting in half
--the wedding day.
Blooms already fading,
in the looking glass --broken wings.
van de Vis, Beatrice: "In the Looking Glass" published in Silence On A Broken Train by Publishing Room.com, 2009