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Poetry Sunday-A New Life




A New Life



First kiss.

Such bliss.

Standing at this entrance way,

As One,  will be joined this day.



Joined as one this day

Pure love delightfully displayed.

Tears of joy shed all around,

Souls collide in sparks abound.



Watch the sparks from this collision

Can’t be stopped that’s love true mission.

The current builds, this pair transformed

And now, a new bond is formed.



Formed today this bond is spoken,

With vows never to be broken.

Hard work is needed, and a grand wish,

For a new life started with this first kiss.




© Donna Donabella 2015


I wrote this poem in October after attending my niece’s wedding.  The first 2 lines were a song in my head, and the rest just came after.  I was playing with an idea for a form, to work the first line of the next stanza from the words of the last line in the stanza before.  It was a challenge, but fun.  And I rather like how it turned out.


The pictures at the beginning and end of the post are of my niece, Christina, and her husband Colin, Mr. and Mrs. Murtagh.  The mosaic is my parents’ wedding picture from 1954, and my wedding picture from 1997.  In my wedding picture, my mom is pictured far left standing, and my niece was the flower girl.  She was 10 years old.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog, and Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights every Friday.  Thanks for the invite Sanaa! Please visit these fabulous poetry blogs to read some more wonderful verse.

wedding collage

I am also linking in with  Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.




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I leave you with a few additional words about a new life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

new life

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  1. February 14, 2016    

    Such a wonderful post, filled with so much love !
    I wish you a Happiest Valentine’s Day ever, my darling Donna,
    sending so dear hugs to you

    • February 14, 2016    

      Thanks Dany for such a lovely compliment! Big hugs to you on this Valentine’s Day!

  2. February 14, 2016    

    What a splendid Valentine’s Day post, dear Donna!
    Your poem is so beautiful and the images depict such happy couples and families.
    Have a very happy Valentine’s Day and a lovely Mosaic Monday!

    • February 14, 2016    

      So glad you really enjoyed the post Sara! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Renee Renee
    February 14, 2016    

    Happy Valentine’s Day Donna! I like how this poem begins with all the optimism that is new love and ends with the reality of the hard work involved with maintaining real love. This is a lovey celebration of love!

    • February 14, 2016    

      Oh Renee, I am so glad you enjoyed the message and celebration here! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. February 14, 2016    

    Sigh… this is perfect! I love the prayer of promise which this poem brings 😀
    Beautifully penned! Happy Valentine’s Day Donna 😀

    Lots of love,

    • February 14, 2016    

      Lovely thought Sanaa..a prayer of promise! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  5. Christine Christine
    February 14, 2016    

    Beautiful. Your mother’s dress takes my breath away!

    • February 14, 2016    

      Isn’t it amazing….covered in so many yards of imported lace.

  6. February 14, 2016    

    You have captured the spark of love in sound and word..the energy of love – which is not a given but a work..a gift..and a treasure..happy St valentines to you may it be sparky!

    • February 14, 2016    

      Oh thank you Jae Rose…..yes love is work and a gift! And I am pretty sure the young couple already knows that thankfully! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. February 14, 2016    

    Such beginnings are always wonderfully happy and meaningful. I enjoyed all of the photos…how quickly time passes for all. And now another generation carries on the tradition of love!

    • February 14, 2016    

      Yes that next generation carrying on is what inspired me Mary….this was a new experience and made me so joyful!

  8. February 14, 2016    

    Hard work is needed, and a grand wish,
    For a new life started with this first kiss.

    The whole wide world opens up to welcome the young lovers for their new beginnings. Your poem is so uplifting Donna!


    • February 14, 2016    

      Thanks Hank! It is amazing how welcoming we are to young lovers!

  9. February 14, 2016    

    Beautiful Donna, one of my happiness days was watching Christina and Colin get married. She is my pride and joy, and I do wish the both of them years of love, joy and happiness as I love them so very much! Thank you for such a beautiful poem about their special day.
    Love your baby sister Marguerite

    • February 14, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed the poem Sis! They are an inspiration.

  10. February 14, 2016    

    Luv the promise of that first kiss. A happy St Valentine Day tobyou Donna. I’m happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime today

    Much love…

    • February 14, 2016    

      Happy Valentine’s Day gillena! There is so much promise in that first kiss!

  11. February 14, 2016    

    a new beginning with love…what can be better than that?…a beautiful post Donna…

    • February 14, 2016    

      Exactly! So glad you liked the poem Sumana!

  12. February 14, 2016    

    a lovely poem for such joy!
    all the best wishes for the young couple.

  13. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    February 14, 2016    

    I like the way you have repeated key elements of the poem.

    • February 14, 2016    

      Thanks Kerry….I enjoyed playing with this poem!

  14. February 14, 2016    

    Love and hard work…both needed to sustain relationships..

    • February 14, 2016    

      Absolutely…the most important elements of the recipe for lasting relationships!

  15. February 14, 2016    

    I can definitely see the sparks. Nothing but happiness here. ♥

    • February 14, 2016    

      Oh you should have seen the sparks at the wedding…fabulous!

  16. February 14, 2016    

    Oh the promise in that first kiss. New life, new journey, new beginnings. 🙂

  17. February 14, 2016    

    What a glorious celebration of love.
    Thank you.

  18. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    February 14, 2016    

    So much beauty in the love… the first kiss is so special… tingling fire

    • February 14, 2016    

      Yes and such sweet memories linger over that kiss!

  19. February 14, 2016    

    They look so happy and beautiful….and I loved seeing the progression of the years in the family photos. Wow.

    • February 14, 2016    

      They are a stunning couple Sherry. I agree, it is fun to look at family photos and see the generations.

  20. February 14, 2016    

    A beautiful post filled with love and amazing memories! A lovely day to you and a great start in the new week!

    • February 14, 2016    

      Thanks so much Alexa! Have a lovely day!

  21. Tatius Tatius
    February 14, 2016    

    Lovely poem, first kiss new beginnings.

  22. February 14, 2016    

    Very appropriate for Valentine’s Day. And also so appropriate that a poem on this topic of loving union uses that device of linking the verses.

  23. February 14, 2016    

    Ah yes Rosemary….there was a reason I wanted to link the verses, so it is lovely you saw that!

  24. February 14, 2016    

    Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  25. February 14, 2016    

    Isn’t love grand:)
    We recently stretched wide to welcome a new daughter
    into our family
    and am especially awake to the joy of newlywed magic.
    I love the loveliness of your images, words and heart:)

    • February 14, 2016    

      Oh lucky you and lucky new daughter….so happy you enjoyed the post my dear friend!

  26. February 14, 2016    

    Now this is a beautiful poem in celebration of their wedding. Hoping it is their first kiss as a married couple rather than the very first one! “Cos you do need practice!

    • February 15, 2016    

      Yes the first married couple kiss Robin. They had been together for 8 years before they married…lots of practice! 🙂

  27. February 15, 2016    

    Your flower girl turned into a stunning rose – lovely to see the time lapses of your family weddings too. How refreshing to read a poem about the purity and good intentions of lover’s beginning a life bonded together by vows

    your use of repetition at end/beginnings of each verse joined the whole together – rather like a marriage!

    • February 15, 2016    

      Oh Laura how very lovely of you to say so. Funny how form can set itself to the subject of the poem.

  28. February 15, 2016    

    The first kiss is always charming and magical. I’ve had one and yes it can be the first step to life or it can be a door to a lifetime of sadness and memories. thanks for the comment on my post. You are kind. 🙂

  29. February 15, 2016    

    That is really interesting your niece was your flower girl and now she is the bride. Amazing how time flies.

    • February 15, 2016    

      I agree Donna…and it is amazing to me how it the connections come back around!

  30. February 15, 2016    

    Good Morning Donna.
    How beautiful ! The photo of first kiss and your poem. I deeply agree with you.

    • February 15, 2016    

      I am so pleased you enjoyed the poem and kiss!

  31. February 16, 2016    

    “Hard work is needed” So true Donna! Falling in love is easy, staying in love requires hard work!

    • February 16, 2016    

      Exactly….it all depends on that ‘hard work’!

  32. February 16, 2016    

    You were definitely the best photographer at this wedding. Love the pictures and your words.

  33. February 16, 2016    

    Splendid lines 🙂

    • February 16, 2016    

      I am so pleased you enjoyed it!

      • ZQ ZQ
        February 17, 2016    

        I keep getting “page not found”

  34. February 18, 2016    

    Here is the image ZQ….

    • ZQ ZQ
      February 18, 2016    

      Thank you Donna… I love those two kids and they are so in love with each other.

      • February 18, 2016    

        You are welcome…you can see the love all around them!

  35. February 18, 2016    

    I love how you underlined ‘a new bond is formed’ and importance of ‘hard work is needed’.
    Best wishes to your niece and her husband! Blessings!

  36. February 20, 2016    

    This is a wonderful tribute to the young and their joys of beginning a life together. So often there are sad poems of love so it is good to focus on the hope and the many who make the most out of their relationships.

    • February 20, 2016    

      Lovely thoughts Georgina! So glad you liked the poem.

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