What Leads to Marriage, in a Mostly Roman Catholic Country

In order to avert a crisis,
the family comes as one
to plead their case: no one

bothers to verify if it is true
a child is on the way—
how could it not be so?

Quick to the church,
and quickly exit with streams
of jaunty orange and gold;

and all that rice, rained on
the heads of all who’ve
gathered at the door:

and all that fractures
and multiplies in little
bits of rattling white.

Luisa A Igloria
11 07 2011

In response to an entry from the Morning Porch

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