A Wedding Postponed

The sky as yet
unscanned
for drones,
Sandwiches and fruit
to pack
eggs
to boil
chicken fried
interrupted
toil,
kissed the bride.
Joined the family
dancing
singing
hearing not
advancing
ringing
prenubial
projectiles
death now
bringing
voiding vows
At morningtide
the party shattered,
dissipated,
with airborne daggers
decimated
life and liberty
desecrated
artificial suns
beneath which they died.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..