“Bride Drowns While Modelling Wedding Gown Near Rawdon”
CTV News Montreal – Aug. 24, 2012
First a coquettish dip of toes in the shallows, then a saucy
wade, the mud bottom making it easy to balance.
The Oureau River glinting, hurrying out of sight. Just Maria
and the photographer, before she consigned the dress to a box.
What next but to lift her veil, unmoor a few minds?—
swim a little, where it was deeper…not knowing
how thirsty that dress was: how it would drink and drink
and drink, until its weight was unbearable,
no Houdini to hold open the elevator door long enough
to uncuff her from all the snug finery, the lacy squeeze
of her lungs, irresistible pull to the river’s bed.
How her heart surely sank before she did, gonging
regret and betrayal. Sounds like a Stephen King story—
a gown with vows of its own. No, the horror’s more
the slippery ease with which vanity slides under our skin,
looks in the mirror, one way or another does us in.
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