’til death do us part

ten years ago today
i was a child bride in waiting
my lack of experience
clouded by a snow white veil

i abided the penultimate nighttime,
running my fingers over the luminous sateen,
arranging and rearranging post-its
bearing the names of friends I was bound to lose

i hummed the bridal chorus
with a wink at wagner
and a coyly practiced two-step
right-back-left-forward-and-twirl

now only the photos are witnesses

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