Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Wedding

The bride loses interest half way through the ceremony.
She sits down on the altar steps, kicks off her shoes,
And yawns.

"You don't need me," she says without turning around.
"Marry my Boredom,
my Capitulation,
my Resentment.
Fan them, frame them, fuck them...
I don't care."

This is not very romantic.

He marries his desk instead.
Tiny airplanes launch themselves from its carrier-like surface,
And he snatches them as if he were King Kong.
The blades of their little propellers core his hands and give him stigmata--
He is the Christ of the plastic cockpit.

And the bored bride?
She departs,
Becomes the darling of the seance,
the Magic 8 Ball of the other side.
"Try again later," she says,
Hoping that someone will love her blank blackness,
That someone will shake her, hold her,
Join her in her soft remove
On the other side of the veil.
______


25 comments:

Helen said...

I just shake my head in wonder when I read your poetry ...

PS..word verification was muckress~love it!

razzamadazzle said...

Your poetry is so awesome! I love your originality and creativity.

HermanTurnip said...

"The bride loses interest half way through the ceremony. She sits down on the altar steps, kicks off her shoes, and yawns."

Way to grab me from the opening line!

And I'm glad to see some love for Devotchka. Great band whom I saw last year. They put on an infectious show, especially when playing to a packed crowd in a small club!

chromapoesy.com said...

My God! I don't remember you being at my wedding. How I've missed reading your sharp, witty, and amazing poetry.

Brian Miller said...

christ of the plastic cockpit...there is some fine subtle word play in that...hehe...she's a magic 8 ball just waiting to be shaken...really cool stuff shay...my night would be like a larengetic cat without your verse....

Cloudia said...

what an opening!

why....why aren't you a famous poet?


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hedgewitch said...

Thought you were playing around but that last stanza just doesn't get any more real. This lady might be saved if only she could meet brother Bruin and his little girl--what a team.

Man--that Magic 8 ball line just rules.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That is the greatest opening line-- ever!

You work magic with words.

Happy New Year, xo jj

myheartslovesongs said...

i LOVE this! the first and last stanzas absolutely blew me away.

très magnifique, mon ami! ♥

Kerry O'Connor said...

Yeesh! How close to the bone have you cut this time?

blogoratti said...

Interesting read, love the complexities*

Zoe said...

The image of the bored bride is unexpected and really works. Marrying his desk also hit home. Great write, on so many levels.

blueoran said...

Sad tale, but spot-on and brilliantly imagined. No marriage of true minds here, but rather a failed takeoff from a plastic flight-deck. Loved how the two careen off into self-complete if sterile lives. And that woman's destiny to become "the Magic 8 ball of the other side" whose primary oracle is a variation of "not here" -- "Try again later," which I guess means some day true love will pop up in the ink. - Brendan

Margaret said...

And he snatches them as if he were King Kong.
The blades of their little propellers core his hands and give him stigmata--

what imagery!

Caty said...

someone will :) What a tale full of imagery. I always look forward to my visits here

Dianne said...

your imagery is startling in a wonderful way!!

ellen abbott said...

I like this one. That first sentence describes my first wedding perfectly.

Mama Zen said...

"This is not very romantic."

Perfectly placed, perfectly delivered. Made me howl!

Daryl Edelstein said...

"Join her in her soft remove
On the other side of the veil."

There are days when I know exactly how this feels.

Arron Shilling said...

this took me to where i like to be...start to finish i am gripped and the King Kong S made me goosebump...fantasic...then DeVotchka... i love ;)

Scarlet said...

Oooh...you seem to know the bride well...and I love how it ends with "the other side of the veil." Sounds like a classic horror-romance novel. Could there be such a thing?? lol

Lynn said...

Very cool, Shay. :)

Laurie Kolp said...

At least she stopped the ceremony. Some go through with it and still live like that...

Marian said...

you mean Shay is NOT a famous poet? what am i doing here then!
he married his desk instead. that is a fucking great line and metaphor.

Lolamouse said...

Wow. This should be required pre-marital reading for all engaged couples. It could save lives.