We marry as if a bonfire
does more than burn broken tree limbs.
I wear a traditional Romanian crown
though it is not gold
from daisy-chained flowers.
Those vows no match for November
weather, no starter or kindling
apart from incantation.
We I Thee Thou Do Heretofore Undaunted
We marry marry marry
words into mordant
backwards. As if only.
As if no other such linen.
As if tongue over tongue is to cherish.
We marry and perish
into One single
Ever after each step is a pinprick.
It hurts to move and so we are
monument, salt pillars in white.
The moon’s pure-struck statues.
Another day dangles.
What’s done is done.
Another day dangles. What’s done
is done half-kitchen— scalded carrots
left to do. The having and have not yet
drills a hole in the sheetrock above our bed.
We make love from common head
as if nested in a hole
but one body is not enough
to hold both in us.
How can you hold my face in your hands
after your face intrudes?
What face have we left.
What’s done is dauntless.
Remember the arbor.
The boughs we broke to build this.
Sap spilled over soil for a home
that felt just right. Tight chains
of flesh-plucked clover.
Your dark curls scattered
across the backyard.
Tight chains of flesh-plucked clover. Hair cut
all over the backyard and concrete stoop,
your head bowed and my hands
A snip’s first step blazes a trail of snippets.
The fumble ever-after
not ample as promised billboard bosoms.
Breasts stay small despite
the love you pour over nipples.
A creek into which we throw stones
but not wishes after all
wishes came true.
to want separate
from We Us Our
on a loom
As if two skips equal
And drops catapult outwards.
Alina Stefanescu is the author of Objects in Vases (Anchor & Plume, March 2016). She lives in Tuscaloosa with her partner and three small native mammal species. She is the winner of the 2015 Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Award and has work published in PoemMemoirStory, Tinge Magazine, Jellyfish Review, New Delta Review, Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, and others. More online at www.alinastefanescu.com and at @aliner on Twitter.