My Wedding Album

My wedding day was July 7th, 2012, and I have just now finished putting together our wedding album. It only took me about a month to do it, but it took me almost two and a half years to actually print any photos… BUT, I now have a finished product and I’m happy with it. Enjoy!
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Hollow

We have
a corner table,
two bottles
to ourselves,
and a pile of
curbside quarters
to feed
the jukebox.

The beginning
is my favorite part,
when we
are all pretending
to be
whatever it is
we think
is romantic.

Our eyes blur,
and I say
something like,
“I never
do things like this,”
when really

I come here
every night,
racking balls
at the pool tables
just so you’ll
watch me bend over.

So you’ll
order a beer
and tip it my way,
“let’s do
this again sometime.”
And I
always do.

I need a good flood.
A real
end-of-the-world,
wrath-of-the-gods
obliteration –
to wash me
out of this
gutter.

The impossible happens once…

There is a sprawling city
of sepia-toned memories,
cobwebbed in
the back of my mind,
so easy to miss.

If any ghosts still walk there,
drunk and laughing –
no more than
thin maples
embedded in the concrete.

I remember
the muted snow,
the sound of our steps,
and all that ice melted at once —

My flushed cheeks
and squinting blue eyes—
greater somehow,
remembered.

All those doorways
on cobbled streets,
and you might
knock on mine.

That is how magic works.