Friday, March 4, 2011

on removing the wedding band

I love this poem.

On Removing the Wedding Band

As though undreaming the mountain
from the sea or tweezering hands from
a watch, a quick-fix change of regimes:
a democracy lost to a monarchy, an empty sudden
village, and elsewhere the wedding party lining up
like a lost tribe of refugees. As though a reverse
whisper of vows into a pageant of elegant ears
when the heat in the O cooled its “till death do us,”
and the storm inside seething below
the flowers, gowns, and cake, its own Institution.

-Major Jackson

from the collection Holding Company

listen to the poem here

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