Arranged Marriage: Third time’s the Charm

the first one came
head held sideways
looked away from her
and said
‘You are too good for me’

the second one came
head held high
looked down at her
and said
‘I’m too good for you’

the third one came
held her hand
looked into her eyes
and said
I like you just the way you are
You’re the one I was looking for
It seems you were meant for me
And I was meant for you
You are just right for me
I am just right for you”


The acceptance and rejection process in my above poem applies not only to the much maligned arranged marriages but also to all sorts of deliberate match-making, including online dating sites, where people calculate many different criteria before they decide to see that person.

The fact is, whether it is a love marriage or arranged, every match-making is mostly about the other person unconsciously falling fit into your set criteria of looks, age, race/nationality, religion, education/degrees, mannerisms etc. It may seem that it was a sudden clicking that developed into love but the clever mind and heart calculates.

In any case, it’s better to calculate first than to complain later.

~~~ ~~~

For The Daily Post’s writing prompt History of Language:
Third time’s the charm – Write a piece of fiction describing the incident that gave rise to the phrase, “third time’s the charm.”

12 thoughts on “Arranged Marriage: Third time’s the Charm

  1. Poem’s great. I wouldn’t be a against arranged marriage although it has nothing to do with my custom or culture. They seem to last longer! How’s it going Alka? I noticed you left your blog details on my introductions post, is there anything I can do to help your blogging progress?


    • Thanks for the appreciation! Some cultures do not have arranged marriages at all, others provide options. Basically if you end up getting a non-calculative partner who likes you the way you are, it makes no difference whether you have love marriage or one arranged by the family.

      I’m fine. Probably I left my web address in reply to your Meet and Greet post. I am sure, with your experience in blogging, you can help. Any suggestions are welcome esp. if you have seen the content of my site.
      Thanks again

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