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It’s a delicate process, really.
You say I’m at my best 
When I am loved—
Like flowers.
And soldiers. 

Peyote soliloquies
Become me, you mutter.

And I emulate afternoon FM jazz
Grasping at hints of static,
Transcendental humming,
While you count
Splotches of grease
On the Dear Abby page.

We are in Connecticut,
Our house is not paid for,
And my fingertips stay still;
Because pseudo Kerouac rants
Can’t pay bills.

And tomorrow you sit in the nook
Clutching you pea coat
Contemplating cab rides
I’ve surmised,
To the places you pined for
Pigtails, shortalls,

I lower my head down on the keys,
Refusing to let you see me,

-Originally published here.


About Daniel Romo

Author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene's Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). I'm partial to prose poems. Alliteration. And fragments.

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