Winter Formal

Larry Narron

under the blue

spell of the strobe-lit gym,

the basketball

court turned sweaty

palace. paper

snow dangles 

just over the free

throw line, where

a dancer scans the grapes

of wrath on her phone.

purple rain bounces

to a forgotten

song from sophomore

year. the chorus in

the boys' bathroom: a blue

corsage in a urinal.