We are early of course
lateness sometimes tolerated, frequently excused
today unpardonable, safety margin greater than normal
the groom is already there. Standing outside. Beaming.
He looked as a child does
on the last morning of school
before the long, long summer holidays
that feeling of last day abandon better,
than new day belonging.
The bride de rigueur late
her groom beams
and pays no mind
a long, fly fish courtship
patience has waited and waited. He can wait some more.
Corinthians is read. Chapter and verse
Love is defined
the minister adds concurrence
the bride permitted to be kissed. The groom beams
Champagne amidst the scents of apprenticed summer
the precocious yearnings of flowers
grass becoming hay
high dried dust. The groom beams.
Speeches are spoken
tiered cake cut
photographs store the present, for the future. The groom beams.
The sun softens from white to yellow
a vintage convertible transports the couple to Utopia
the groom beams. Has he ever been this happy?
The same day
a different decade
a different bride
a different ending. Hopefully.