[A gong is struck offstage, & as the reverberation fades a conch shell trumpets, & then someone rings a bicycle bell.]
CHORUS (comprised of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, sea nymphs, brujas, blacktail deer, a tribe of California quail, & 2 towhees) – Is the paperwork in order?
BANG! (backfire from a 1962 Dodge pickup truck)
JOANNE – It took us 35 years to get here.
My hand in yours
Your hand in mine
DONALD – Fairest lady, we are as two currents of water thus intertwined.
CHORUS – Harken ye, the gathered
& those that are scattered far & away,
Devas rise up & take flight
like bubbles from champagne!
THE JUDGE ADVOCATE – I declare…
[Violins, harmonicas, and Hawaiian slack-key guitars commence, drowning out THE JUDGE ADVOACTE who continues to speak unheard.]
DONALD – The sun shines upon the foggy glass lake & we shall go hence.
CHORUS (accompanied by a seagull & a chainsaw) - Lo, they are showered with petals of rose & of nasturtium, all hail!
JOANNE – Well!