White limousine adorned with tulips and ribbons
Wearing the most elegant white princess’ gown
Strolling on the pathway filled with rose petals
Joyful and familiar faces, and the angels’ choir
God was truly kind to answer my prayers
It was no dream, he was alive in flesh
The handsomest man meant only for me
Avowing to all to cherish me until the end
It was the day when two became one
The token of today’s promise visible in our fingers
Flashes of camera lights kept me smiling
I’m the superstar of one huge and special occasion
Everyone in the sacred place rejoiced for us
Except for one lonely stranger at the last row
The simple black shirt caught my eyes
Why on earth an ugly simpleton was invited?
Not my colleague and never shall be my friend
I didn’t remember that we were acquainted
Sitting near the door in silence with a companion
Never moving, anticipating for answers to unfold
Could someone pushed her for she was unwanted?
A commoner’s clothing and pair of dirty slippers
Perhaps, she was uncertain with her own reasons
Although unsuitable for the affair but still remained
She was uncomfortable with the familiar people’s stares
Bravely stayed to halt all false hopes of childish dreams
Our eyes never met but its sadness became my own
My charming groom and husband was even clueless
He didn’t bother asking about the nameless guest
Was she among the unknown curious passersby?
Or just another devotee waiting for the next mass?
And as I marched outside, vanished her shadows
I was hoping she wouldn’t go to my reception
Indeed, she was a woman of pride and dignity
Even if her presence was not in the dinner party
Her memories were flashing back to some visitors
Jokes and ridiculous words were uttered
Although she was not around in the grand hall
Her unforeseen coming was never forgotten
Was it a shame to love someone dearly?
Was it an embarrassment to care and fail?
Was the Lord unmerciful to that lowly woman?
She witnessed the union of her beloved
Was it really me or was it her or another girl?
It was not a foolish dream, drive her out!
But how come I’m running away under the rain?
The droplets falling from heaven outraged me
I despised that girl, she would never have him!
If I were victorious, how come he was moving afar?
And why my cheeks wet with tears of defeat?
Did I lose the game and let her win him?
What am I afraid of — he never loved her?
Silly me and curse life’s unexpected twist
It was my glory, not another woman’s story!
I must confront the uninvited guest
As I drew near, I saw my own reflection
Same tired eyes and bruised heart
I wanted to ask her “why she had to come?”
My mind answered my own interrogation
I must let her move on to take a new route
She would find her happiness in the future
In the fading flashback of that special day
I saw a determined girl surviving life’s sorrow
Walking away and leaving the past behind
A wedding really happened to my groom that day
The memory was so clear, but I was not beside him
Sitting near the door —
I am the uninvited guest
*** This is my true story and this event happened almost a decade ago….
Published on: Dec 4, 2010 @ 6:42