the blessing of the Sofreh


Laid out before the bride and groom

on a beach of soft Sri Lankan sand,

a Persian wedding spread

– the Sofreh Aghd.


A mirror reflects sunset’s glow.

A candle flickers light.

A sacred text contains old truths.

All adorned with sweets and jewels

in hues of silver, blue and white.


And there are foods that grace this spread –

pomegranates, rose apples, herbs and seeds,

walnuts and almonds, pastries and breads.


A tiny glass of honey waits for finger dips,

the sugar cone for granules to be ground above their heads.


As night falls on Ahungalla,

all present here are blessed

as witnesses –

to this Sofreh,

this marriage,

this love.

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