Drunken Lines at a Wedding
Emily Paige Wilson
The church is a church made of dirt
and not religion. It does not make me feel
guilty for my body, except when this sudden
summer storm flashes behind blue-stained glass.
I twirl and twirl, but am never as light
on my feet as the lightning. How is it
as I allow myself my most dangerous
movements on the dance floor, the bartender
has never been more bored? The band sings
Tell me something good. The bartender
says, “Amen, it’s been a hard week. Amen.”
I bury my face in the flowers to hear
something louder than the music. Who
ruined these weeds? I pull baby’s breath
and bobby pins from my hair. I adore
the brides. I wonder if Eli and I will
get married. I think maybe and maybe
that is the best kind of unknown hope.
I don’t believe in magic, but I love
drinking after toasts.
Emily Paige Wilson’s debut chapbook I’ll Build Us a Home is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and three Pushcart Prizes. Her work can be found in The Adroit Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, PANK, and Thrush, among others. She lives in Wilmington, NC, where she received her MFA from UNCW, and works as an English adjunct.