parachute wedding dresses

my mother told me
of women, young women
who loved the soldiers
of WWII or Korea

engagement rings
sparking diamond hope
on all those left hands

who promised
to sew their wedding dresses
from parachutes

museum pieces now, those dresses
sewn from silk or nylon
that carried love safe to ground

folded, delicate promises
of future suggested and planned
but never guaranteed

but somehow made possible
by that tented silk
opening into air

or never having to open at all

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to parachute wedding dresses

  1. Ian Moone says:

    You know I heard similar stories from my gran

  2. Rhonda says:

    beautiful. makes me miss my gram and her stories.

  3. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. nelle says:

    A better use of the material than for war…

  5. soft landings, harsh hard war! for one second, I froze, cos I thought the last verse was going to read “or never opening at all”

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