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Wedding Dress

That Halloween I wore your wedding dress,
our children spooked & wouldn’t speak for days.
I’d razored taut calves smooth, teased each blown tress,
then—lipsticked, mascaraed, & self-amazed—
shimmied like a starlet on the dance floor.
I’d never felt so sensual before—
Catholic schoolgirl & neighborhood whore.
In bed, dolled up, undone, we fantasized:
we clutched & fused, torn twins who’d been denied.
You were my shy groom.  Love, I was your bride.

Credit


From Darling Vulgarity by Michael Waters. Copyright © 2006 by Michael Waters. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Author


Michael Waters

Michael Waters is the author of The Dean of Discipline (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018).

Date Published: 2006-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/wedding-dress