Slow-Motion Wedding – The Narcissist and the Pharmacist

The visions passing, lifetimes flashing

From the skies, through my eyes

My very pores, like open doors

Listening, to all I see, measured in eternity

Sightless sounds, someone drowns

Disbelief, extended grief

Not sure why, windswept eyes

Turbulent waters, sons and daughters

Future scenes, Dramamine

The gathered crowd, getting loud

Tension spreading, slow-motion wedding

Senses deaden, Armageddon

The narcissist and the pharmacist

One doesn’t care, the other doesn’t care

But suddenly the now is where

Joining hands, two distant lands

But not arranged, just estranged

Medicating and complaining

Electioneering and campaigning

Constraining entertaining

This strange collection of affection

Rejection of the subjection

Translations lost in misdirection

Discovering perfection during dissection

Watch the shout, feel the doubt

Fancy flight of a gas-lit fight

Attention-seeking, always speaking

Another line, feeling fine

Feed the tumor, spread the rumor

A bride and groom

Impending doom

Entitlement and money spent

Silver needle fountain pen

Numbs the pain, now and then

Passing time, mental crimes

Sharpened words, both disturbed

Criticized while getting high

Brain just like a butterfly

This rendition a premonition

Pray no contact with a pediatrician


Author’s Note

This piece is purely hypothetical – just an odd thought about how two people that demand attention plus have little to  no empathy for  one another would work in a marriage.  A wedding premonition that no one needs to think about.


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Slow-Motion Wedding – The Narcissist and the Pharmacist

  • February 26, 2018 at 5:34 PM

    Great word play and phrasing, Ralph. It moves fast and smooth. I very much enjoyed reading this poem. Well done.

  • February 27, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    Great work Ralph, great use of language and imagery. really enjoyed it my friend. Cheers!

  • March 1, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Excellent word play my friend, very well thought out. Nice work Ralph


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