Vows, a poem from the Brown Williams Journal

 

vows

(a poems which appears in the Brown Williams Journal, the work of many, in 2012-ish

i watch her painted mouth
defined lips
moving apart and
coming together
as the
a e i o u
and
sometimes y
of civilized goodbyes
are exchanged over coffee
the noise in the café
keeps the words from
coming together
but i hear the
vowels of broken vows
much said, much unspoken
i mouth the words
i now pronounce you

Amy Burns