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SHJ Issue 9
Spring 2014

The Little Beauties

by Abigail Warren

The Bridesmaids drape on furniture like 
Botticelli’s tired women, waiting to pose—sad and 
bored faces in their pastel blues—it’s the fourth 
wedding this year, and one more morning glass of 
champagne at the hair salon will simply kill them—
though it gives a sexy droopiness to their eyes—
eyes that water for the camera, twinkle for the 
men, cry for the bride—another one gone to the 
White Dress, matching appliances, wine glasses to 
die for, and 7 beautifully photographed days in 
Paris—but now on this auspicious day, they 
celebrate, because they are almost sure this is 
what they want, too. 

—Previously published in Crack the Spine (Issue 63); reprinted here by author’s permission


SHJ Issue 9
Spring 2014

Abigail Warren

lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and teaches at Cambridge College. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in print and online journals, among them Monarch Review, Pearl, Brink Magazine, Gemini Magazine, Into The Teeth of the Wind, Emerson Review, and Hawai'i Pacific Review. She was a recipient of the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury