Peter Aaron

Senior Prom


What if I had sauntered
tuxedoed and carnationed
into the gymnasium
with an Albright twin
on each arm— they
draped to bedazzle
in identical organza
of palest empyrean
and wristletted
with orchids
their azure eyes aglitter
and prominent almost rodent-
esque front teeth
gleaming in the dance-
floor lights— what
sweet revision wrought
of the frightened creature
he was then— now
whistling benignly back
from the gray unfamiliar
prospect the present


Peter Aaron operates an independent bookstore in Seattle.