Poetry and personal blog – Spilling my guts to strangers

The Wedding

Isn’t it funny how
The world goes around?
Barely through the church doors
And already I’m choosing sides.
“The bride,” I say
As I’m ushered to my seat.

Right away I start to sweat
While we wait
For the bride to show.
“Just like a woman
To keep a man waiting,”
Her grandma remarks,
Blissfully unaware that
Using sex as a weapon
Gets old really fast,
Then comes the escalation.

I hope the bride knows
Better than that;
Otherwise, when she divorces,
Like me and half of us here
Fanning ourselves like crazy–
What, no air conditioning?–
We will choose sides again
And it may not be an even split,
And some of us will switch pews
For a seat on the other side.

As the event planner loops
For the third time
The music from Zeffirelli’s
Romeo and Juliet–
Now there’s a happy couple–
I try to guess how long before
I can wash down this bitter
Taste in my mouth
With a glass of sweet champagne.
He used to call me a “lightweight” drinker.
I need just a few sips
And soon this spectacle won’t remind me
Of my own fiasco.
But until then, I have to
Get through this one,
This fucking wedding.

Oh wait … organ music!
There she is at the door,
And doesn’t she look beautiful?


NaPoWriMo Day 4. The NaPoWriMo prompt was to write an epithalamium, which apparently is a poem celebrating a wedding, usually addressing the bride. I’m not exactly sure this is what the poetic forebears had in mind …

Check out this list of my poet friends who are also doing the poem-a-day challenge. Visit them and cheer them on! Contact me if you want to be added to the list.

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2012.


Comments on: "The Wedding" (45)

  1. Loved this poem!…and I can relate ;). Well done!

  2. OMGGGGGGGG how you really showed the thoughts and emotions of a wedding with the thoughts of the people attending..the ones in the cinderella dream and the ones that have been there and never saw the cinderella story.. amazing ….As always…XOXOXOXOXO

  3. Wow, you blew me away with this one! Excellently crafted!

  4. If this aint true on those that are waiting! lol.

  5. Janaki Nagaraj said:

    Just beautiful!

  6. Don’t you just hate weddings – I do – the thought of having to dress up and more often than not pretend you’re having fun…….!

  7. Hello.
    Sorry to say this is so common at weddings. Does that make us a bunch of hypocrites? LOL
    Perfectly penned Sweepy. Thanks for sharing.

    Dialogue Of Romance

  8. Hey, did you transcribe your weekend or what? This think is so rock steady..detail rich, interior dialogue funny…you can sure poem a tale.


  9. Girl! You were so honest here! Weddings can be so beautiful, but also stressful. I have thought some of these things myself. You are rocking it out!


  10. Well done! All the negative emotions stirred up, and then the release when the bride finally shows, and you are brought back from the past to the here and now. You nailed it!

  11. That was excellent. Yes, you sure did capture the pain of when a fairtytale wedding doesn’t end up in a fairytale marriage but a grimm divorce.

  12. Jean, you placed me at the wedding, waiting with exasperation for the bride to show. I felt the gamut of emotions all the way from frustration to anticipation. Beautifully delivered, lady! 🙂

  13. This was great! You captured well some of the thoughts that might run through the heads of those watching a wedding, their own tarnished and broken relationships welling up in their consciousness.

  14. For a moment I thought I was at a wedding.. Fantastic

  15. Autumn Eliza said:

    That tinge of sadness felt like a grey cloud hovering around on a full-moon night.
    -ELLE (Autumn Eliza)

  16. leximagines@gmail.com said:

    What touching images of the different sides of a wedding. Life is a roller coaster and we are all on it.

  17. Scattered Musings of A Creative Mind said:

    The day finally arrives, she slips into her fairy princess gown and every worry evaporates, It’s her day after all and all eyes will be on her. She feels beautiful. The music starts, its their sign to start down the isle, (very long one too) Being escorted by her then 4 year old son, made the walk slower than normal. Looking up she sees her daughters (all 3 smiling, teary eyed) Best friends and family in the seats all snapping pictures, whispering to each other. It’s beautiful… again the walk is slow, this gives her the chance to scan the guest and leads her to try read their minds, as she takes in all their expressions.

    For a second she thinks she hears, someone complaining, someone mentioning this is her second wedding, and the look on grandma’s face clearly shows she still doesn’t approve. At this moment the only thing that can save her from running in the opposite direction is her prince charming, her knight in shiny armor. She slowly looks in his direction to see his smile, ‘what are those tears’ are they of joy or fear?

    Ha!! Yes many things go through the minds of the guests. Siting there waiting and reliving their own nightmares. Many wondering how long this marriage last, and will the bride ever walk down that isle and end this wait.

    But the ever observant bride will see through the fake smiles, hear the shallow whispers and forever remember the looks and whispers she ‘thinks’ she hears as she passes her awaiting guests.

    Yep weddings suck!!

    Love it Sweepy!

    • Great story, Deb! It goes to show that the knife can cut both ways! ;p I’m sure I offended many a romantic and those who are far less cynical than the persona appears to be here!

  18. A lot of people go to wedding for the treat. Hell even I do sometimes but only very few brave ones like you write about it. This was oddly refreshing!

  19. […] not really a dramatic monologue. I should have been talking to “myself”  a la my poem The Wedding as opposed to recording one side of a conversation. Oh well, my […]

  20. […] four poems, the one that  probably comes closest to expressing my feelings in a direct manner is The Wedding. This poem was written quickly using a type of shorthand for ideas that need expansion in […]

  21. I can so relate to this poem Sweepy.

  22. I do love your poems Sweepy Jean! You always find a fresh and real take and express it in a beautifully smooth way. 🙂

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