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Poem: Memories of Our Wedding/The Dragon Tattoo

Updated on March 13, 2016
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Shyron is a retired Customer Service Rep. for Verizon. Colleges attended: Triton, Melrose Park, Illinois and Elgin, in Elgin, Illinois.

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My Mother's Poem: "Memories of Our Wedding" -- Written Way Before, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The preview of the movie "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" brought to mind, my Mother's poem. Mom wrote the poem for my brother's 31st anniversary. I don't know if it is true about the tattoo, but it is true that my brother and his sweetheart were both under age and needed parental consent to be married.

I love Mom's poem and wanted to share it.


Memories of Our Wedding

By: Mae Winkler



I'll always remember the day we were wed,

By a grouchy old Judge in Chicago,

The frown on his face made him look out of place --

Reminded me, of a movie called Fargo.


He had no remorse, like he was in court, having a trial,

Not performing a wedding.

The way he was yelling and making a fuss

We wondered just where we were heading.


He was standing there with rumpled-up hair.

He must be thinking getting married a must.

We were both under age, and became afraid he would not marry us.


I was shaking so, from the look that he had, and I sure was glad

Mom came to our rescue,

While signing the papers for us to be married

We were so happy and excited we didn't know what to do.


While saying our vows, I hardly knew how.

Which, made me stop and linger

As he started yelling at me, "Can't you see?"

"You put the ring on the wrong finger".


When we finally got through with saying, I do.

I wanted to run and hide.

I was still shaking, and though he was faking.

When he said, "You may now kiss the bride."


Before we got home, I was getting warm,

Thinking at least he had done us no harm,

All I could see was you and me,

Watching, that dragon tattoo on his arm.


Soon, we were alone, in a world of our own

Wondering how we could survive.

Times were rough, and we had to be tough.

But we are happy being together and alive.


Wait till we tell our friends where we have been, and

What that old Judge put us through.

I won't be bragging, but their tongues will be wagging

When, I tell them about the dragon Tattoo.

© 2012 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing. Hope all is well with you. Blessings dear friend.

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      C E Clark 7 months ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this excellent poem again. One of my favorites. Hope all is well with you and John. Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and for sharing. Mom was a poet, a singer (she sang in a night club in Nashville and she could play many instruments.)

      I hope you did not have any damage from the storm of this morning. We had hail and high winds and I went fishing out in the rain. The wind dumped our recycle into the ditch and I had to fish it out.

      Take care

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Another of my favorite poems! Came back to share.

      Hope you and John are able to enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having during the day. A little too warm for me. Would prefer some of this heat at night. Hope all is well with you. Blessings and hugs, dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      This is one of my favorite poems and I came back to read it again. Sharing of course.

      Hope you're off to a great week and not working to hard. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for reading this again and sharing it.

      John and I hope that all is well with you too.

      Blessings and hugs, try to stay cool.

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would share this interesting poem again.

      Hope all is well there. Take care and stay cool. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, and compliments. Mom was a poet and a good one, every time I went to see her she would say, let me read you my poem, I have her collection of poems.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this poem again. A great and interesting poem especially since it's based on a real experience.

      Sorry to hear about all the trouble yesterday. It rained so much I'm surprised you were out trying to mow. Rained again today I guess. I've been in where there aren't any windows so I'm going by the look of the radar.

      Didn't get much of anything done today that I needed to, so maybe tomorrow . . . hope today was a better day for you and that your head isn't aching. Seems like when it rains it pours.

      Take care. Blessings to you both and hugs too.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      A great poem and I wanted to share it again.

      Hope you got your concrete poured and that all went well! Blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you DealForALiving, I am so glad you like this poem. I reall appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, up votes and sharing.

      Hope you had a good day as well

      Good Night Dear friend.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      These lines just stuck with me:

      Times were rough, and we had to be tough.

      But we are happy being together and alive.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to visit this again. Excellent. Voted up, awesome and shared.

      Hope your day is going well . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for all that you do, I do appreciate you.

      I hope you have a good day what ever comes your way.

      Blessings to you also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      So lucky to have something your mother created for remembrance and it is a cool poem. Going to share it again and pin it to AH.

      Hope your day is getting off to a good start. Mine sure is . . . :( Jury duty.

      Blessings to you and yours . . . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comments and sharing. The cards are beautiful and the Roses also, and the smell is fantastic.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you, the messages in the cards were so beautiful and walter came over. He looks great and his arm is healing nicely.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day too. Your cards look so pretty and the roses were amazing!

      Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you!

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      Ask X 3 years ago

      Good hub

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks again Au fait, for your comments and for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I thank you again, Au fait.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      An interesting poem and going to share it again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading Mom's poem and commenting on it.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Such an interesting poem as a memory of an elopement!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A very nice poem about an interesting situation.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for reading and sharing.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Really cool poem! Going to share it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, I have a collection of poems, my mom wrote, but this one is by far my favorite. Yes I am fortunate to have this as a remembrance.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a great poem and I always enjoy it. You are so lucky to have this poem that your mother wrote as a remembrance from your mother. I don't remember if I voted it awesome before, so I'm going to do it now. Also sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Charles, yes mom did have a sense of humor.

      I did not see the movie, that was filmed long after my brother's wedding. My brother was 17 and his daughter is 44 or close to it.

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      This is delightful!

      It's terrifying enough for young folks to be standing in front of a judge for any reason, but, to get married while under-aged by a grumpy old judge with a dragon tattoo exposed must have been over-the-top, and your mom nicely memorialized the occasion with a sense of humor.

      Thanks for sharing this!

      By the way; love the movie of the same name---the original Swedish version, not the Hollywood knock-off, which I haven't seen and don't intend to. Hollywood has gone to the dogs and produces mostly crap, nowadays.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Au fait for your comments. Funny all this is true except I don't know about the dragon tattoo!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting poem from a bygone time. I can sense how the young people involved -- your brother and his bride? were feeling. Funny how differently we see the world when we get a little past our teens and 20s.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your feed back.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting to think a judge had a tattoo of any kind, much less a dragon, back when this must have taken place. Very nice, Shyron!

      Voting you up and interesting, and sharing with my followers.

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