Prom Night 2008

By The Lipstick Factor

prom night 2008
my daughter is ready to go
she looks beautiful

she better
that damn dress
cost almost five hundred dollars

i tell her
there is something i want to say
before she leaves

she rolls her eyes
in that way
that only 18 year old girls can do

she thinks
i am going to wax poetic

i'm not
poetry is about metaphors and allusions
this is straight talk

i tell her
a lot of things are going to happen tonight
lives will change

there will be
make ups and break ups
and at least one girl will end up knocked up

she's so naive that she believes him
when he says you can't get pregnant the first time

i thought about
how i blame the parents for that
as i handed my daughter a condom

there's going to be
broken heels and broken hearts
that might ruin the moment but won't ruin a life

i'm keeping the phone with me all night
there'll be no questions if you call for a ride
not a word about the alcohol on your breath

i don't care what you do
as long as it isn't anything
that starts out fun

and ends
on the dedication page
of the yearbook of the class of 2009

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© 2008 Lipstick Whore
Published on Sunday, May 4, 2008.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Mars On Saturday, November 8, 2008, Mars (337)By person wrote:

    i came back to read this. and i'm crying. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: This was so ... ouch. heartbreakingly beautiful. thankyou. Scholar

  • Chaos God On Tuesday, May 20, 2008, Chaos God (541)By person wrote:

    My Girlfriend Looked Bueatyful As Well. Thankyou For Another Moving Poem, And I Wouldve Rather Been At A Real Club Then My Prom. Hey, Dont Worry So Much About Your Daughter... Wait... On Second Thought...

  • Dancing_Monkey On Monday, May 5, 2008, Dancing_Monkey (1288)By person wrote:

    *favors it*

  • A former member wrote: That was such a great piece, not only the poetry - but honest to god reality. i'm so pleased my daughter has two older bro's, but don't get me started on the boys, thats a whole new write...loved it teri, appreciate the posting of something so fair dinkum.

  • freudian-slip On Sunday, May 4, 2008, freudian-slip (246)By person wrote:

    I just watched a program on prom night nightmares so to speak. Being a mom of a young teenager my heart goes out to you. I think it's really never to early to be honest, but most importantly, approachable. I hope she had a magical night, free of regrets and most of all-fun.

  • Adam On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Adam (250)By person wrote:

    As a young person myself... I really think more parents should go about it this way. Scholar

  • Adam On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Adam (250)By person wrote:

    And I dont say this because I would like to get up the girls dress - I say that because I saw way too many of my classmates a few years ago make the mistake, get messed up, then they were to scared to get help, to ask for that ride and it ruined their entire college dreams, ruined their dreams of becoming a Doctor, a Teacher, a Lawyer, a Nurse, and most of all a respected young woman. Scholar

  • Mars On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Mars (337)By person wrote:

    this made me cry for some very odd reason. my mom gives me this kind of talks all the time. and i know that when and if i ever have a daughter, i'll talk to her about that kind of stuff too. and i should know a lot about teen pregnancies. there hasn't been one woman in my family (moms side) that hasn't had a baby when she was in her teens. i hope you and your daughter the best, she's a diamond. -mars Scholar

  • saturatedloneliness6 On Sunday, May 4, 2008, saturatedloneliness6 (7)By person wrote:

    that's amazing. my mother never gave me any of those speeches when i was off to the prom, and formal. but i cannot express to you how many people at my high school ended up being that statistic. pregnant, hurt (in more ways than heartbreak), or the spotlight at a funeral. this was touching, and i agree with narcissa, i'm so glad that there are parents that care what their children do.

  • Fantecstasy On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Fantecstasy (129)By person wrote:

    Simply amazing *tips hat*

  • Narcissa On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Narcissa (404)By person wrote:

    I agree w/everyone...having kids must be tough...Im glad to see good parents exist that don't overlook the obvious...excellent piece and I hope she reads this...I Know (if not now) she will love you for this.

  • A former member wrote: this is so right. oh how crazy to think of how parents who dont do this have kids who fuck up then dont tellthere kids. time to break the cycle, great write

  • elisa On Sunday, May 4, 2008, elisa (1642)By person wrote:

    most parents just project their fuck ups on the kid and slap a 'good parenting' label on for justification. excellent use of restraint. good piece.

  • Aleas On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Aleas (180)By person wrote:

    To be a mother in the 21st Century. I certainly don't envy you, and pray I will never have to read/write a piece like this to my future children.

  • Dancing_Monkey On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Dancing_Monkey (1288)By person wrote:

    I agree on the ending beeing a bullet

  • Echoes of Orpheus On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Echoes of Orpheus (383)By person wrote:

    Fuck this was a strong piece, final line was like a bullet. Well written *salutes*

  • Dancing_Monkey On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Dancing_Monkey (1288)By person wrote:

    brilliant. great flow and honesty

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