Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Mixed Marriage which is published in the current issue of 'Riposte' is my 29th poem to appear in this publication

Mixed Marriage

Trying to make sense
Of this Babel of Polynesian and Yupik
You move among the guests

Try not to notice the whirling bolos
The harpoons
And the swinging stone clubs

Pause to sample
The yam paste and roast gibbon
Or slurp a spoonful of moose soup

Applaud as the bride now resplendent
In printed cotton, immaculately manicured Garlands
And sun bucket hat enters

The Groom, magnificent in beaded walrus hide
Caribou skin goggles
And matching moccasins
Two steps behind

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