Before the werewolf’s wedding
Before the wedding,
she pulled off her red underwear
and growled, trying to hide her fur.
Is she running towards something, or away?
Why? Is the moon too full,
the sky too pitch black, or purple?
Does she wish for a world without night?
She howled louder than a horse
riding across the room;
We need to lay down the lace
in a quieter space—
Like snow, silence is a magic ingredient.
The white dress, once ripped in two
will be mended before sunrise.
She is too calm then,
waiting for the morning,
feeling no longer cursed—
nails now short and polished
and hair braided with flowered vines,
her teeth still shine.
©2020 Carrie Magness Radna All rights reserved.
Carrie Magness Radna is an audiovisual cataloger at New York Public Library, a choral singer and a poet who loves traveling. Her poems have previously appeared in The Oracular Tree, Mediterranean Poetry, Muddy River Poetry Review, Poetry Super Highway, Shot Glass Journal, Vita Brevis, Home Planet News, Cajun Mutt Press, Walt’s Corner, Polarity eMagazine, The Poetic Bond (VIII & IX), Alien Buddha Press, Jerry Jazz Musician, and First Literary Review-East. Her first poetry collection, Hurricanes never apologize (Luchador Press) was published in December 2019. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, she now lives with her husband in Manhattan.