To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Poetry Box is sharing a Poem-of-the-Day, selected from various anthologies and individual poet collections that we have published over the years.
Please enjoy today’s selection: “Still Life with Bride” by Laura LeHew, which appears in The Poeming Pigeon—Love Poems:
Still Life with Bride
the bride in her slip, the stylist with her brushes, bridesmaids
in long royal blue dresses finding the right mirror space, flower
girls playing games on phones or iPads, a table set with cheddar,
jack and brie, crackers, white grape juice, champagne, wine
glasses individually designed for all the women in the party, the
mother of the bride helps her daughter into her dress, laces up
the back, hooks the clasp on the delicate pearl necklace, places
the bride’s grandmother’s white gold wedding ring on her little
finger — something old, the snap-snap-snap of photographers,
the collective intake of breath held for six heartbeats when all the
women sigh as one
Patricia Reck says
Made me feel almost as if I were the univited guest BUT in the room…could feel it, hear it, smell the perfumes,taste the cheese….touch reaching out the vibrations of anticipation…a great little piece.