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,