The flowers were a dizzying kaleidoscope
The wine glasses glittered in the lowlight
Easily distracting my eye,
Tempting my mind into a past memory with candlelight and soft touches.
My father commanded the room.
His voice still makes me feel sick
When I hear the beginning of frustration in it.
I begin to cower inside
Whenever his tone is stressed,
I think of him hitting my mother.
It disgusts me that he prayed a blessing over a brand new marriage.
As we bowed our heads in polite resignation,
And I felt alone again...
Cast away by a father who terrifies me,
By a lover
Who found me too overwhelming.
I listened to the nightmare of my childhood’s voice drone on,
And the beautiful flowers and gowns faded away
To lonely darkness.
Pulling me from a fearful stupor,
My little sister’s hand
Held my own,
we laced our fingers together
Under the pure white table cloth,
The words coming from the lips
Of the man who induced my first trauma,
And the memory of the man I missed so much,
Were cleared from my mind;
And all that remained
Were the words of my sister,
“What do I always say? I love you more than any boy ever could.”