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19 October 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 3

A Bit of Marriage

Clock strikes noon.

Sweat piles her hair together

giving it a sticky gleam.

Her diamond drops glitter

their own way.

That small-faced man and that swell-faced woman. Those yellow daffodils

placed soberly on the white sheet.

They bend their bodies

they shut their eyes

a restlessness passes her abdomen

and they are man and woman.

He thought with some precision

that marriages may be made elsewhere

but done here


in some unsolicited places.

Look at this singing sensation

the man wrought the words so well

and she sang

and here he was in a bit of chapel.

With a sigh they sign

a blissful accord

over the cream roses

pinned in the corners of the table

to keep its cloth from slipping down.

Peering eyes of doll-like girls

shut in sacred ardor

of final celebration.

Through the shuttered public gate

another girl with missing tooth

made a big bubble.

About the author:

Arun Gaur lives in Panchkula, Haryana, India, and has been teaching English at Chandigarh since 1982. Arun has published one critical book, I Stand Apart: Alienated Center in Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself', and three collections of poetry, The Neurosis Island: Homofuge!, Steppe Tramping with Gorky, and Woodcutters. He is currently working on a series of poems on Mizoram for his anthology, Mizoram-2004, based on thousands of photographs taken there. Some of these poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Ariga, Poetry Magazine, Orbis, Ygdrasil, Eclectica, and Poery Salzburg Review.



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