“The Sparrow’s Wedding” by David Broadus

In the Yew Tree, St Andrews Church, Alfriston

My wedding dress – the sparrow said –
will be in plum and cherry-red,
with calico and coloured yarn,
and shells, and shiny bits sewn on.

For I have lived and I have flown
and I have loved and I have known.
I leave the frocks of winter white
to girls who stayed in of a night.


David Broadus is a gay American poet and essayist living in Brighton, England. His essays have appeared in The Guardian and The Next Family. His poetry collection, The Cat’s Pajams & Other Queer Tales was published by The Ashburnham Press in 2013.