Between a charcoal grill and a keg on ice
before a half dozen friends who tried to dress nice,
Brother William pronounces: "Husband and wife."
Couples by the hundred he's bonded for life
— or some brief stretch of it — in back yards, grassy
parks, open space under birches.
Never in churches.
These are joyous affairs with a simple touch.
"For people," he says, "who can't afford much."
He does it for free.
He says: For love.
Note: The man who I call "Brother William" is the man who introduced me to the Plattsburgh Hillbillies. He's a noble man (in the untitled sense), as you might expect since he's the son of Ken Laundry. He's also the only man I've ever met who has been turned into a bobblehead doll. If you would like to buy a genuine William D. Laundry bobblehead for $20, the proceeds go to an endowment at SUNY Plattsburgh. Call 800-964-1889.