Twice the Groom Struck Dumb

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 wedded.

    Meal conversations continued, animated,
    hero-husband hand-tamped blaze, agitated;
    the bridal party breathed sigh of relief:
    hospital not needed, no wedding night grief.

    How to follow that act? I sardonically 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 down shoulders bare;
    it pooled on pillows, as naked we swum;
    second time that day bridegroom struck dumb….


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