Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Etheree #Haiku #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt – Henna

This week, Colleen has a photo prompt, chosen by my blog sis, Willow!

The deeper the stain
The stronger the love of
Mother-in-law to-be
His name tattooed on her hand
A challenge, to find it, himself
A game to prove his patience and love
Once found, their true exploration begins

Ritu 2020

Henna patterns stain
The hands of the bride-to-be
Time for married bliss

Henna stains
The hands of the bride
Married bliss

A bride's hands

Ritu 2020

Colleen’s Prompt

Five Days Five Photos Five Stories – Challenge Day 5

It’s been a while since I did one of these challenges, but my big brother Rich from Wafflemethis went and did it… he challenged me, and the sibling in me thought, I have to do this one! Check it out here.

Challenge Guidelines:

Post a picture each day for five consecutive days. Attach a story to your image.

*can be fiction / non-fiction
*poem / short paragraph
*each day nominates another blogger


It was taking ages, her hands were tired, but oh it was looking beautiful.

She watched as the girl created more and more intricate patterns on her hands and feet.

She had always loved henna, but this was a different thing altogether.  After all, this was the big one, the wedding henna. This was the one that, according to tradition, would predict what her mother in law would think of her… and how deep her husband-to-be’s love for her would be.

In a few hours all would become clear.

As the dried henna flaked off, she could see the bright orange colours revealing themselves. A deep, rich burnt sienna tone… and it was getting darker still…

Thank God!

At least she wasn’t going to have to bat silly comments from the old biddies in the family, who were eager to see what the outcome of the henna test was. Yes, apparently she would be loved by her Mother-in-Law, and her husband would be head over heels in love with her…

And anyway, 2 nights before the wedding, it was a little too late to be worrying about these things, wasn’t it? It’s not like she would have been able to call off the wedding!

Thank you  for reading!

And as always, please, take part in the challenge to all of you!

My interactive peeps!

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