Notes for Wedding Vows

We’ll watch black and white movies exclusively.

I will not be fat.

There will be acoustic guitar.

It will be feng shui.

I will not smoke indoors.

I promise I’ll stop doing that thing you hate.

Also, the other thing.

Two or three children—you decide—

I’ll read to them about snow, and

when they’re older, I won’t run away.

I’ll make classic mistakes,

but in your final moments, I’ll apologize.

When you’re gone, I promise to be devastated.

I will not feel relieved.

Originally published in The American Journal of Poetry