Photo from Teen Vouge Prom '08

I saw this prom picture over at Oh Happy Day and I immediately had flashbacks of high school. Unlike some, I didn't really go through the angsty adolescent stage and high school was a happy, memorable one for me. My friends and I spent most of our free time going to the beach, swapping books, rummaging thrift shops, writing crappy short stories - mostly fun, fun times. We still laugh so hard when we think about all our crazy (read: geeky) adventures.

So here is a poem for NaPoWriMo today.

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Prom King

The only time
he looked at her
across the crowded
ballroom, she soon
forgot her name,
her too stiff hair,
how she wobbled in
her too high heels,
how her lipstick was
a shade too dark
for her pale skin,
how she tried to hide
her crooked teeth
when she smiled -

Caught in the spell
of her fairytale moment,
she soon forgot

how her king
was already dancing
with his queen.


  1. oh, so lovely...yet, sad too.

  2. Tragic how perfection is the target often missed in our fairy-tales of life. This is wonderful.

  3. universally felt experience ... great flashbback :) JP/deb

  4. Heartbreaking and beautifully written -- the imagery and feeling are perfect. Well done!