A Letter to the Bride by Kimana McCallum

Inspired by ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ (1935)

It was the beast who killed the beauty
He stole her from the earth
Her body placid and frail
His hands caked in dirt

No way to ask questions
No way to intervene
The bride is going to the wedding
Of no woman’s dream

You were supposed to be his gift
His companion in the night
But who asked you
If you even wanted
To be alive tonight?

What did you leave behind?
What did they steal you from?
Was there something waiting for you?
Was there someone?

A flash of light
A bolt of pain
The bride is alive again.