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Beyond The Veil

Already the veil has been tucked away as a memory, beneath the cards we couldn’t fit on the mantelpiece and the notes received once the invites were posted. Still, the leftover cheesecake is still fresh in the fridge and sausage rolls on a platter still sit on the table at my mother’s, ripe for plucking in pass-by swipes of the dining room.

The band is the only sign that anything is changed. That you are no longer my fiancee, but now my husband, promised in paper and witness to love and honour till death do us part. Our world falls quiet in the sleepy aftermath and we are able to return to us as we were, as we wish to be…

Wedding season blooms

gypsophila and roses

sudden, sweet, fleeting.


Things have been a little chaotic over the past couple of weeks in my household so I’ve not been as active as I would like with the DVerse prompts. I feel I have a good excuse though. On Saturday my fiancee and I tied the knot.

I’ll admit that I’m quite glad to have all the planning behind me now and some peace and quiet on the horizon. It’s was a perfect day and a wonderful event, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit back and not have anything to worry over.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Congratulations on your marriage! And congratulations on having it behind you 🙂 This is a outrageously wonderful unconventional Haibun – so clever and unique! Your wedding is a sudden, sweet, fleeting season that will blossom over and over. Thank you for sharing your photos as well! (That DRESS! Wow!)

    • I’ll admit that the corset was causing a few problems by the end of the night and I was glad to be out of it in the end but it did look fantastic and I felt amazing wearing it. (I almost tripped down the aisle but no one really noticed).

      • Stories to save and savor! Also, brides posses a magical something that makes them perfect and faultless 😉

    • Thanks Bjorn. We had fantastic weather (unusual for England), and made use of lots of in-season foliage and flowers from friends’ and family’s gardens. It was just perfect.

  2. Congratulations and best wishes! Beautiful joyous photos. Love that “pass-by swipes of the dining room” image 🙂 And oh my yes………time to just be two now, without the worry of the many. Enjoy!

  3. Congratulations! Love how you chose the moment when all the to-do is over – the deed is done – and now life together can begin.

  4. Congratulations on your marriage! I love the photos and your haibun and haiku are great!

  5. Such clear images of the aftermath of a party and a surprise happy ending. Glad you let us share your happy event. I loved this.

  6. Nice kigo twist with wedding season. I liked the thought expressed in this sentence: “we are able to return to us as we were, as we wish to be”.

  7. How beautiful! Love the photos and the Haiku. Hopefully the wedding will outlast the flowers that are so short lived. Congratulations!!

  8. LOVE-ly haibun. Congratulations, Carol!! Happy for you…and nice to have extra cheesecake too.

  9. Congratulations to you and your new hubby ~ Wonderful photos and you can now sit back and enjoy the peace and calm after the wedding ~

  10. Congratulations, Carol! I love the haibun and the photos. It looks like you had a wonderful day.

  11. Oh, what wonderful news, Carol! Congratulations! I was not one to plan and not even one for the whole hoopla of the union of my own. Though it turned out to be a fine day, I was relieved and felt free once it was done. In this poem you captured well the quiet of a party’s aftermath. I liked the detail about the veil. Best wishes to you and your husband!

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