John Muellner is a queer poet living in suburban Minnesota, currently in the thick of attaining his MA from the University of St. Thomas. His work can be found, or will soon be found, online in Indicia and River River.
ACROSS THE STREET FROM CEREMONY
Tight in my mist-speckled suit I was trapped
inside my car to return to sober.
Glow from the indigo sign fell in cracks
of parking pavement as night drew closer.
I stared at a wallpaper company.
The business of bandaging damaged walls
impressed me as groomsmen walked clumsily
to their cars with lovers to heal their flaws.
One by one, gowns removed the vehicles
around me and I began to wonder
if this feeling was merely seasonal.
Could I last another round of thunder?
Wallpaper, a marvel deserving crown.
I longed for someone to tear my skin down.