BROOKLYN BRIDGE MARCH

Poles and rods reach over and up,

a spider web of iron.

All reach toward a focal point, that flag

with stars. 

The skyline is made shorter

by the loss of twins, an empty gap

in a crowd of buildings. 

Tiaras and veils march across the bridge. 

A man wears a wedding dress,

his partner carrying the train behind him.

Signs like "Marriage is love" and

"We all deserve the freedom to marry"

are held high, gripped tightly

when the wind gets fierce.

This may be the only chance

for some of us to wear 

these frilly wedding costumes,

to carry these props of bouquets.

Old men with egos determine our value,

set restrictions, lay down laws.

No formalwear for you.

Bouquets are tossed up to blue sky.

The backdrop for this scene has a missing piece.

It has been replaced by something different.

Paranoia and prejudice fill the gap

in the skyline.