Weddings can be nerve wracking affairs for both groom and bride, and their respective families. Unusual events sometimes occur…top table candles can add a bit of romance, and sometimes a lot of drama…
Mere seconds before my ill-prepared speech,
I’m nervous, no note prompts within reach;
unheard, photographer shouted-out alarm:
flames crowned bridal hair, threatened harm.
To my bride’s regret, no photo got taken,
such surreal a scene left me quite shaken;
my speech radically reduced, near shredded:
upstaged mere hours after being wed.
Meal conversations continued, animated,
hero-husband hand-tamped blaze, agitated;
the bridal party breathed sigh of deep relief:
hospital not needed, no wedding night grief.
How to follow an act like that? I asked.
That was my speech; some faces aghast;
bride unfazed, so calm and collected:
sensational accidental scene, unexpected.
Later many pins extracted from her hair,
coiffure cascaded pale shoulders bare,
it pooled on pillows as naked we swum;
second time that day groom struck dumb….