a bride walks down the aisle,
staggers on one foot,
& you can hear a poet
stutter like her footsteps at every step.
she hides her form underneath her veil,
wears her father's corpse on her face
like the holy candle praying for a future.
when the piano starts to play, we can
hear frogs croaking to an unfamiliar rhythm, from
deep down throaty laughs of a certain someone
alongside ruptured chords.
we all stand,
not sure what the bridegroom's lips call
to the altar.
Akubudike Deborah is a black poet and lyricist who draws her inspiration from various things including the Bible, philosophy, Greek mythology, art, etc. Her work has been featured in The Cypress Journal, The Unpublishable Zine, amongst others. She can be reached on Twitter: @akubudikedebbie; Instagram: @ad_poet and blog: https://adpoet.home.blog.