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Wedding toast roasts bachelors


Illustration by Mary Burkhardt

Ah, spring! When young men’s fancies lightly turn to mortgages, SUVs and fond farewells to all-night poker parties. But not all young men. Let us give a moment’s thought to the plight of the also-rans – bachelors whose complacency has, once again, led to their comeuppance.

Wait ’til next year? This isn’t a game, you know. Or is it?

Following is a tribute – if you want to call it that – from my barrel of wedding toasts, this one not so subtly aimed at the guys still flying solo.

Bachelors’ Chagrin

or, Portrait of a Lovely Young Museum Curator on Her Wedding Day

This treasurer’s been on public

view

Within museums walled,

While ’round about her, so life

goes,

Works on those walls enthralled.

How blind we are to breathing

art,

How glazed our fleeting gaze,

When we look past one such as

this

At pictures to appraise.

How could we miss the beauty

here –

As we sought perfection –

And yet applaud far lesser works

Housed in some collection?

Too late, this vision framed in

white

We deem unparalleled,

For she’s be, “from this day

forward,”

Very… privately… held.

Bob Simon is a Los Altos resident. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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