My face in the mirror looked different—
My skin sang a humming song.
“I’m in love,” I told my reflection.
The object of my affection,
a senior, was not an academic.
He came close to not graduating at all.
His name, Inigo de Martino,
like the Mexican film director,
but my Inigo claimed Spanish nobility.
Inigo was an artist.
He designed and painted sets
for high school productions.
We worked on the high school
literary magazine together.
That’s where it started.
Inigo would give me a ride
to our teacher-sponsor’s house.
The collaboration blossomed.
Inigo rode a motorcycle.
He wore a leather jacket.
He smoked—but never around me.
He had a shock of shiny, straight dark hair.
He was slim and wiry, with big smile.
He wore round, dark-rimmed glasses.
I thought he was exotic and fascinating.
My father hated him.
My father said,
“He always shakes my hand
to show me he isn’t holding a knife.”
Inigo took me to the prom.
I wore a long dress of dotted Swiss,
My hair styled short like a woman of forty.
We had our picture taken.
Inigo in suit and tie,
me with my corsage, smiling shyly.
Inigo graduated and joined the Navy.
I never saw him again.
I found that prom photo
in my father’s wallet.
My father had neatly cut out
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