- church wedding
The handsome groom, smiling like plastic,
systematically shook two hundred
The nervous, excited bride constantly
touched her frizzled hair as she mingled
and made silly small talk rapidly.
The balding, cheerful pastor, arriving
slightly late in his immaculate suit, delivered
his well-rehearsed, eloquent sermon
on God, love and the bonds between
man and wife. The non-Christian guests held
brown little hymnbooks and opened
their awkward mouths, as others rose
to their feet and sang `Amazing Grace'.
Somewhere at the back of the chapel,
a baby burst into violent tears,
and her parents hushed and shushed,
trying in vain to stop her.