Zara Jamshed

Rookie (1995)

Underground Wedding - Poem by Zara Jamshed

As if by a silent cue, the undead arrive
Not among the living, so they cannot die
With dying breath and translucent eyes
Shackled to whatever life they have left
They gather around in perfect circle with three in the center, two embracing
The Priest cracks a spirit that rattles your decaying bones and coughed
Dearly unloved, we’ve gathered here today to dishonor the union between this man and this woman in an unholy bond of hatred
Vows are quick and abruptly stated without much thought and care
Even the afterlife doesn’t last forever
The Priest shackles the two together with barbed handcuffs scarring their bloodless skin
Joined together by force and disdain and yet they smirk with cold translucent eyes
Dry cracked lips brush one another, peeling away from dehydration
A honeymoon coffin awaits their arrival
To take them to an eternal hell in heaven
Slowly the undead disperse

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 23, 2008

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