Defiance

Defiance: to murder the groom.

It is against my personal style manual to use boldface or underlining,

also to stare too long at the dysfunctional family
that mistakes my favorite coffee shop
for an emotional mosh pit,

but I was tempted to in the above definition,

in the same manner as their boy, who today I watched
drawn in by the CDs and gift cards sold at the cash register
in that unexplainable way kids are,

compelled to comb through them in attempted card shuffle
and match their corners to the inseams of his fingers,
aloof to all controversy
and apprehension.

Defiance: to gesture toward what is one’s own.