“Till Death Do Us Part” by L. K. Thayer

I made it through high school
hanging out in art class
the art teacher’s getting married
so I go to her wedding

I didn’t know weddings made me cry
And I drink too much at the reception
And I can’t stop crying to save my life
cause they all look so happy

I think about the bride and the groom
the life they’ll share together
and I know I’ll never have that
cause somehow I don’t trust it

the ritual of the white dress
the exchanging of the vows
the tossing of the flowers
and the throwing of the rice

the empty cans tied to the bumper
it’s the happily ever after
that spooks me
the keeping of that promise

not to grow apart
till death do us part
how can I chain myself to that
when molecules are changing

and atoms are splitting
and it’s a woman’s right
to change her mind

and men stray

and so do I

and I couldn’t stop crying

L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

© 2010


  1. anniew3000 · April 29, 2010

    Delicious! L.K. at her finest! A great Noel Coward of a poem!

    • lkthayer · April 29, 2010

      Thank you Alexis! Now I’ll have to read up on Noel Coward! 🙂

  2. Lordy · April 29, 2010

    I spy the chain in the top right hand corner of the picture. Being married is like a chain, it links together just like the couple as they say “I do”…. Yes; chains break for many reasons…. Your poem Lisa is full of pride, wisdom and a touch of sadness!!

    Reading this is a chain reaction!! Maybe the icing on the cake!

  3. lkthayer · April 29, 2010

    You have X-Ray vision! And very keen perceptions, a wise owl my friend 🙂

  4. lkthayer · April 29, 2010

    She has an exit thru the window to the fire escape….just in case!

  5. Marcus · April 30, 2010

    Yeah, the happily ever after spooks all of us, married or not . Life is not a fairy tale although there are glimpses of magic.

    Love the way you set up the poem with the”I can’t stop crying to save my life.” And then ended on the same note like you sensed the art teacher’s art and/or what saved the student might disappear into a married ether. Art is real baby!



    • lkthayer · May 2, 2010

      Thank you Marcus, art is real baby!

  6. Angela Cohan · May 1, 2010

    Lisa, this is so haunting and lovely.

    love your work!

    • lkthayer · May 2, 2010

      Thank you sweet Angela, we miss you in class.

  7. candice Rosales · May 2, 2010

    Love this, Lisa.

    • lkthayer · May 2, 2010

      Thank you Candice, Miss you in Jack’s class…

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