Saturday, January 19, 2013

She Wore a Parachute


Most people think of sky diving
when wearing a parachute,

a silk cloth that mushrooms out
capturing air, allowing the wearer

to float safely to the ground. 

He lived through World War II
and like many who returned, his
pack was stuffed with souvenirs. 

Some chose guns,
helmets, knives, something to 
remember their time in the war.

My dad took a silk parachute
thinking it would make a 
gift for someone back home.

It took him a year to find 
the woman he loved,
one he remembered when 
he was young.

He was thrilled when she 
accepted his proposal 
then showed her a surprise,

yards and yards of white silk 
“Use this to make 
your wedding dress.”

She smiled and complied. 
Took a little while, removing
cords, then cutting a pattern
to make a gown.

Ordered lilies from Hawaii, 
wore perfume he brought
from France, 

the whole town was invited
to celebrate
each taking turns to dance

getting a chance to touch
the silk of her wedding dress
feelling like they were floating

through the skies
for all who survived.

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