InReview InReview

Support independent journalism

Books & Poetry

Poem: Nocturnal Wedding

Books & Poetry

This week’s Poet’s Corner contribution is from Sue Cook in Adelaide.

Print article

Nocturnal Wedding

Flanked by tall standard roses, the red bricks
of the driveway are splattered in white confetti
this morning as I wade through them
to fetch the Sunday paper…

Perhaps there was a secret wedding here last night
under the orange halo of the streetlamp,
the soundtrack no pompous wedding march
but one of wailing wind and swishing roses.
With her train and his coat tails whirling
bride and groom sashay into place
ignoring the weather, exchange vows,
eye-gaze deeply, lips locked together,
the civil celebrant upturns his coat collar
best man and maid shiver bravely
white rose petals rain on the players as
the wind chimes ring like wedding bells…

I turn, and as I wade back through the wet confetti,
I shake it off the plastic-wrapped news of the day,
I wonder…

Sue Cook lives in Adelaide. A former senior English teacher, she also edited the South Australian English Teachers Association’s annual poetry anthology. In addition to appearances in numerous poetry magazines and anthologies for her own work, she has published the collections In Focus, Water Music, Parallel Lines, in 2016, 2018, 2022. Her poem ‘Frog Cakes’ was featured in InDaily Poet’s Corner in 2015, from where it was taken up for promotional use by the maker of that South Australian icon, and her Kangaroo Island poems have also been prominent in her contributions to the column over the years.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
Make a comment View comment guidelines

Support local arts journalism

Your support will help us continue the important work of InReview in publishing free professional journalism that celebrates, interrogates and amplifies arts and culture in South Australia.

Donate Here

. You are free to republish the text and graphics contained in this article online and in print, on the condition that you follow our republishing guidelines.

You must attribute the author and note prominently that the article was originally published by InReview.  You must also inlude a link to InReview. Please note that images are not generally included in this creative commons licence as in most cases we are not the copyright owner. However, if the image has an InReview photographer credit or is marked as “supplied”, you are free to republish it with the appropriate credits.

We recommend you set the canonical link of this content to to insure that your SEO is not penalised.

Copied to Clipboard

More Books & Poetry stories

Loading next article