Female Animal | Valerie Loveland
Valerie Loveland is the author of Reanimated, Somehow (Scrambler Books). Her poetry has been featured in Dzanc Book's anthology Best of the Web and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She enjoys running, silent movies, audio poetry, and cat videos. She is a Math/Computer Science student, works as an optician, and is a regular at open mics around Boston, Massachusetts.
Bride in the Tree
My dress swirls, snags in the branches.
The veil drapes my head except a bit of eyes
so I can watch the commuters below me drive to work.
They think I am just a dress: one more bit of white
amongst the winter scenery. Unnoticeable,
but for the wind inflating the tulle.
Gloves gobbled my hands. My grandmother warned me:
brides’ legs shrivel beneath the church bell of their skirts,
but I didn’t believe her.
The dress was so heavy at the shop,
but since my wedding day, I floated.
A gust caught me: an umbrella lifted to the tree top.
The wind seems strong enough to shake me loose,
but the tree holds on to me with so many hands;
the stuck dress enmeshed.