a promise is to keep

double bands of shiny gold

worth more than karats

love’s forever promise bold

heartfire’s diamond facets


God witnesses our vow

joyful organ music plays

life as farmer’s wife now

better together…we stay


lost my wedding ring

after laying it down

while wall-papering;

forgotten with frown


replace with simple band

but heart hurt for a time

when mother passed away

her diamond became mine


set her lovely gem in gold

with another band below

blessings of our sons be told;

five small diamonds in a row


jeweled gift as valued token

from one lover to another

living out our pledges spoken

create family, father, mother.




Linking to d’Verse Poetics with Sarah’s “love token” prompt!

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carolinestreetblog
    Mar 12, 2018 @ 05:34:42

    Poignant writing and oh, so sorry for your loss. Things have a way of reappearing…eventually!


  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 19:36:57

    Rings are better symbols when there is a history and story. Your poem evokes this.


  3. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 09, 2018 @ 11:57:03

    Losing a ring like that! ouch. But it seems it was replaced well: blessings of our sons be told; five small diamonds in a row



  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 13:37:06

    Very tender. I wear my mother’s ring every chance I have. It is a reminder that she is always a part of me. It will then go to my niece.


  5. rothpoetry
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 12:17:02

    I love the memories of your mother carried in her wedding band!


  6. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 08:55:42

    Very nice sound and sense.


  7. purplepeninportland
    Mar 08, 2018 @ 08:24:27

    What a wonderful poem of rings, and family tied together.


  8. memadtwo
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 21:25:45

    The ring is a potent symbol. The circle of continuity and connection. (K)


  9. Grace
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 19:00:22

    My rings came from my husband’s mother too. I love how those rings hold a lot of family history with love and devotion.


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 13:40:48

    All those rings have to be special most of all the memory they carry. Love the structure of the poem telling a story.


  11. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 08:29:02

    Sarah wrote about a wedding ring too, and I would have done if she hadn’t. They have a special symbolism and you remind us of it beautifully.


  12. Colleen Van Maanen
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 07:50:28

    This is beautiful, Lynn!


  13. sarahsouthwest
    Mar 07, 2018 @ 00:47:56

    I love this story of your rings, and the meanings they have for you. The link between the generations – your mother and your sons – and the way they symbolise your family. The structure works very well, gives it a sense of timelessness, like the rings themselves.


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