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Bridesmaids Dresses
by Alyssa Troy

These robes, I fear, are relics that reserve

little sentiment for me.


I still have visions of the tape measure that

dressed my body before them,


snaking itself around my chest, my waist,

and my thighs,


slowly suffocating me until I collapsed under

the pressure I applied to myself.


          I never felt welcome in these garments.


While listening to my friends exchange promises

of love, I stood there, stabbing my


stomach with a bouquet, trying to murder my

insecurities. I worry they can never die.


Now I stand in my closet, glancing over

the gowns of autumnal colors,


knowing quite well that if I slipped into one,

I’d be swimming in satin,


grieving the figure I sacrificed just to remain

unsatisfied with the martyr in the mirror.

Alyssa Troy is an English teacher in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Rider University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Cabrini University, and an M. Ed. in Reading from Eastern University. She will be featured in an upcoming issue by the Blue Unicorn Journal, and her first book Transfiguration was self-published in 2020.

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