Wednesday, July 15, 2009

3WW: Drip, Hypnotic, Sulk

Berlin High School Junior Prom 1966

My Prom date
was such a drip.

Tall, skinny, and blond,
not even cute.

Tongue-tied and sweaty
he held me loosely

while we danced
to horrible band music

that floated around us
in cracked notes

then got stuck in tissue-
paper roses.

His eyes were hypnotic
in their blue blankness

and zombie-like I followed
his shuffling steps

all that boring night,
all the way to 11 o’clock

when we left and went
to his nerdy friend’s party

where there wasn’t even
any booze. On the way home

I sat in the cloud of my pink
gown sulking because

this long-anticipated night
had turned out to be as flavorless

as water. I don’t even
remember his name.

22 comments:

Stan Ski said...

You can't win them all!

Fledgling Poet said...

lol...it seems so many of us have this type of memory from school dances. The reality rarely lives up to the fantasy!

anthonynorth said...

Ah, the most anticipated events can be the worse. I can feel your annoyance :-)

ThomG said...

wow, heartfelt and an interesting reflection.

Mark said...

Annoyance tinged memories...

The very stuff of life.

Nice write!

quin browne said...

then got stuck in tissue-
paper roses.



excellent.

Andy Sewina said...

All dressed up and nowhere to go!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, how DOES that happen? :) Well written description.

lissa said...

how sad for you, but at least you get to write about it , I the "cloud of pink gown" - certainly an image easy to visualize

Angel said...

Well written, but such a sad tale!

angie said...

I cannot stop laughing!! This is fantastic.

What a wonderful beginning: my prom date was such a drip. good stuff!

sarah haliwell said...

this really expresses the feeling, very well done.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Wow, so evocative because I think we've all had those dates. Thankfully, mine wasn't prom, but still...

lostmermaid said...

some memory it was !!!

Leo said...

very interesting recollections...
yet as u mentioned, it something u may not wanna recollect...

2cats said...

Oh yes the dreaded prom.

maglomaniac said...

How things so high turn out to be so low.
Sad.But a bad day lets us see a more colorfukl tommorow;)

~Harsha

paisley said...

what a painful memory.. sad but true so many such events turn out to be much less than anticipated.. i loved the way you told it,, it was the perfect outlet for the prompt...

gautami tripathy said...

What a memory!

dragon rider

one more believer said...

perfectly posed linda... we can all relate in one way or another...dare i question what his interpretation was on that same evening...hopefully you have not broken his heart by this revelation??!!

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