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 lives in Marion, North Carolina, with her husband Steve and their daughter Annie. Julia’s latest book is a poetry collection, A Part of Me (Red Dirt Press, 2017). Poems from this collection have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


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