Wedding Ring by Julia Nunnally Duncan

Years ago,
my grandmother gave me
her mother’s wedding ring.
Occasionally, I try it on,
holding out my hand
to see how the wide gold band
shines in the light,
as my great-grandmother might have done
in November 1889
when it was slipped on her finger
to linger for fifty years
until she died.
Now while the wedding ring is mine,
I mostly hide it away,
keeping it safe
till the day I pass it down
to my daughter’s hand.

 

Julia Nunnally Duncan
Julia Nunnally Duncan's most recent book is a poetry collection, A Neighborhood Changes, released by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Her eleventh book, A Journey in Words: New and Collected Works, is forthcoming from Red Dirt Press in 2019. She lives with her husband Steve in Marion, NC, and they enjoy visits from their daughter, Annie, a college junior.

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