A Brief History of Love

of course time, pinpricked by distance, absence, sustenence;
of course events, miracles, told over again, beginning
with: like the time
her car was side-swiped; of course
she was alone, going fast, seemingly
unaware any event was unfolding at all;
of course there was a ditch, the wheel spinning
not in control, deep skid into earth and then sudden stop;
of course time-lines merge – the man on the bike trail
stopping, prying the smashed door open, witnessing the whole mess;
“yes of course I’ll stand at the top so your husband can see”, and
of course, time stopped for him to arrive, after
of course tears, shaking knees, she and he cleaving-as-one
like under the four square chuppah;
of course lines then un-merging, a re-gaining of secular control,
her saying"Oh my God, my hubcap", him replying “I know”;
everyone feeling how scared they were.

A Brief History of Love


Concord, United States

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Artist's Description

I don’t know. Let me know what you think. If you’d like. Also, I’m the guy on the bike path.

Notes: It is dependent on which part of Judaism you practice, but a Chuppah, in modern terms, generally is the canopy used to cover the bride and groom during the joining ceremony. It is open on all four sides, symbolizing the tent of Abraham, a welcoming home, and supported by poles or possible 4 members of the wedding party. Traditionally it is empty, indicating that the home is made of people, not possesions.

Also this poem follows the style of a poem by Barbara Ras, titled, “History”.

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