Fifteen years she waited, betrothed, for this day.

The aunts started before daybreak, using the special spices, saved all this time; bought with money squirreled away, when it could be.

They painted her hands, a most sacred women’s ritual.

She sat there patiently. The sun set, the moon rose.

He never came.
Oh, the shame!

The picture is not mine, I found it ages ago on the net somewhere.

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33 thoughts on “FRIDAY FLASH 55 : WASTED MEHNDI

  1. Awwwww…Cindy?
    What a Bummer!
    So now she should be happy, she is free to choose with her heart!
    Excellent 55 My Friend.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End…G

  2. Good (sad) story, Cindy!! And lovely picture! Poor girl though 😦

    Now I wanna post my hennaed palms picture too – taken on the day of my wedding… I will.. in some post hopefully! πŸ™‚

  3. What a sad 55! I was once a guest, waiting expectantly for the wedding procession music that never came because the groom also never came. The bride-to-be was devastated, and her father was outraged. I wouldn’t have wanted to be that young man when her dad found him.

  4. so glad you saved that photo, and love the 55er you wrote with it, even if it is sad for the lady in waiting…sigh. On the bright side the young one is free to marry who she wants and loves… and loves her.

    Nice 55er,


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