prom queen 

Savannah Rose Lanz

I smoke cigarettes when I drink

Like a kid smudging her face against a Toys R Us window 2 weeks before Christmas time

But in a cool way, you know


It makes me feel like a John Hughes villain glowering in Ray-Bans

As maraschino cherry juice and vodka slips onto my shirt

Can’t have that, now can we?


Taking long slow drags in between feigned giggles and bedroom eyes 

You whisper in my ear I look like Meg Ryan in that one movie                                                                 

I don’t bother asking which one


            I smoke cigarettes when I’m drunk


And your hand becomes a lighter flickering under fluorescents

I sink down to your flame

As new wave New Order permeates past at this purely pop party


The fresh Calvin Klein button-down you got from your closest hangs on me like a dress 2 sizes

Too big

Not that you mind


My neck adorns your breath along with your mother’s good pearls

You say she won’t miss them 

While we clink our champagne flutes together acting as though our crowns meant something in the real world


I bet you drive a Porsche and I bet you drive fast

Extra points if it’s red with a vanity plate

But I’m not asking for a ride 


            I smoke cigarettes when I’m blacked out


I only know this from the tales your tongue spins

The polaroids

And the sharpie stories scribbled on bathroom stalls


You knew I needed water, but the limes for the tequila shots were already sliced

and it would be a shame if I didn’t play the game


They put warning labels on cigarette boxes, but never on boys

            Now I smoke cigarettes all the time

Into every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. Savannah Rose Lanz believes she is that slayer. While Savannah is not busy making Buffy the Vampire Slayer references, she can be found in the UAlbany Writing Center, probably analyzing the zodiac signs of her peers. Savannah is a poet, playwright, and former high school prom queen from (fair) Verona, NY, where we lay our scene. For the record, she’s a Gemini sun, Scorpio moon, Scorpio rising.