Tuesday 5 July 2011

Lucky Day

an invite to their civil wedding came
no fancy envelope nor big entourage names
a date chosen by a Taoist priest 
July 4, a lucky day to be wed

she had fought bravely for this day  
her freedom came when her abusive ex-husband
finally gave her the divorce she always sought 
now blessed with a child, with a man who cherish her  
the lovers felt lucky to be finally wed 

when the moment came to say
their sacred vows, she felt shy as he
proudly recited the often said words 
her eyes pricked with tears of joy
today, she is lucky to stand as his wife  

dining later with their small band of guests 
the bride showed off her wedding silver band
the eternal ring, with diamonds running around it
she said it was a lucky ring for love

they invited guests to their beautiful new house
wide fields and trees dotted the horizon
like some castle on a hill fitting for their lofty dreams
they flew in a fung shui master to appraise it
they wanted to have a lucky house 

rooms, kitchen, storage area, mirrors, ceiling, doors
the fung shui master opened his red magnetic compass
looking for the perfect spot, all to bring good luck 
until he proudly declared that luck is everywhere
the house and business will surely flow and flourish

i am quiet amidst the declarations
the couple or anyone believing in luck is 
halfway winning the mental battle in the game of life   
after all, when i opened my fortune cookie earlier
i believe the words in the wisp of paper  

Love is the most valuable thing in life.     

Author's Note:   This post is for One Shot Wednesday for One Stop Poetry.   Please check out the others participating this week (party starts Tuesday 5:00 EST).    

I wrote this after attending my cousin's civil wedding yesterday.   I got some "lucky tips" from the fung shui master.  For those not familiar with Asian culture,   a fung shui master is hired to make the business and house more auspicious.   The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. 

Happy lucky day ~


  1. what a prize fortune cookie...a little love & luck will carry you far for sure...fine bit of story telling and like how you unveiled the narator in the end...well played heaven...

    oh i will not be wandering far...and will let you know which poetry community i land in.

  2. really nice... I love how you ended this: "Love is the most valuable thing in life."

  3. Love and luck...Two essential things ... Nicely done :)

  4. Fortune cookies are usually crap, but yours actually has worth, nicely spun tale.

  5. Nicely, very nicely done!

    Margie :)

  6. i think your fortune cookie was right...love IS the most valuable thing in life...nicely woven heaven - love how the story unfolds as it goes..

  7. Detail makes this come alive for the reader, and the flow is steady and perfect. Glad I finally braved the "adults only" label--(as I usually avoid those sites--too much bad writing ;_) definitely not the case here.)

  8. what a wonderful scene you've
    painted here with your words.

    i loved it.

  9. This is beautiful, in a wonderfully soft-spoken way. It unexpectedly made my eyes fill, but I always cry at weddings. Thanks for this little gem. It shines brightly.

  10. Heaven, you sound like me (lol).

    I will always believe in love no matter what life throws my way. It's what inspires and motivates me.

    I have a quote on my blog that's mine. It reads "Even though every form of life will eventually experience death's embrace, love remains the only living thing that cannot die at the doorsteps of death..." This is so true!

    A beautiful story of love.

    Thank you for sharing.

  11. beautiful. i was swept along by your words--captivated and caught up in the love and luck.

  12. I like the way you draw the reader in, and I love the ending!

  13. You unscrolled your fortune cookie script into a languid, blessed landscape here. Fine job. - Brendan

  14. A well observed piece with a valuable message.

  15. I love happy endings.. and in this case, it seems like a very happy beginning .. of a new life.. and that's wonderful!!

    I think you've captured the essence of mental victory, love and luck very beautifully here, Heaven.. Brava!!

  16. Very well put :-) Out of curiosity, what constitutes a 'civil wedding?' I've only heard the term applied to same-sex weddings before.

  17. The fortune cookie was a nice touch, Heaven. :)

    By the way, thank you for all your nice comments on my blog!

    I usually thank people via e-mail, but not everybody's e-mail address accompanies their comments.

  18. Thanks for all your kind words.

    Ethan, I will posting a reply to your blog.

    Eric, my email is private but I will respond via email so you can email me directly. Thanks~

  19. AH! so sweet:))
    Love is indeed the most valuable thing in life..
    Nice touch of feng shui, my mother really believes that it brings good luck:)


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