Issue Twenty-Seven - Winter 2016

Letter to M. on the Occasion of Her Second Engagement

By Ace Boggess

last time I wrote you an engagement poem
a celebration of the possible

I might as well have sung a ballad
while I shoved you down the stairs

or emblazoned your photograph
on the cover of Sports Illustrated

so you broke an arm
before you took the field for your next game

this time I give you
not a word in praise of fidelity

turn from these lines
before they blaspheme with their tenderness

like one of your bridesmaids smiling boldest
to disguise the murder in her heart

Copyright Boggess 2016