The Adirondack Review
If I Never


go to a wedding again, I'd be
happy.  Why not chuck
the reception hall, roast beef,
and open bar?  Why not stand

on a friend's porch, say charming things
about love, and let it go, toss the tux
in a dumpster, let the bridesmaids wear jeans

or have no bridesmaids, no best man,
and no one giving anyone away--instead,
watch an I Love Lucy rerun.  Listen
to Tommy James and the Shondells.

We're gay.  We're in love.  We want to
marry but can't see torturing
our friends with a wedding.  And
not in a church with hard pews
and a harder minister with a straight-back
chair smile.  Should we elope,

cats for witnesses?  We'll send cards,
pretty ones, with pictures of Maui,
even though we'll be on Cape Cod,
looking for ruby glass, discussing

which daylilies would look best
in the freshly-tilled bed
between purple and white lilacs.


Kenneth Pobo







The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
KENNETH POBO's book called INTRODUCTIONS came out from Pearl's Book'Em Press in 2003.  He teaches Creative Writing and English at Widener University.  Catch his radio show, "Obscure Oldies," from 6-8pm EST on Saturdays at WDNR.com.