best friends

tumbleweeds
watusi
up the aisle
as though to
jinx
the couple.

tedium takes a breath
as the minister stands
mouthing
dead phrases.

haggard green-eyed
bridesmaids decapitate daises
petal
by
petal.

ushers
drag their club feet.

the virgin groom is
flushed and nervous.

the best man
savoring the mistake
in his Plexiglass heart
slinks
around the perimeter of a
strobelit dance floor
designing only to
disappear into the bride's
roseate fold once again.

Nancy Ryan Keeling