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Nostalgia (99 Luftballoons)

Guess I wrote this when I was feelin’ nostalgic.

October 17

It was overcast and drizzling. 

I hummed 99 Luftballoons
As I pedaled my ten-speed
Through impish puddles
On my way home from the gym.

It was like being 10.

Impatient cars raced by.
I peddled slowly,

Savoring the scent of sullen streets,

And progressed
To singing out the song,

I knew German.


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.

10 responses »

  1. hey dan – that’s funny. the song always makes me nostalgic, too. thanks for sharing your poem, keep up the good words.

  2. Good poem about a good song. I wish I knew German.

  3. so which is more nostalgic: the song or the ten speed?

    I like the way you ended it.

    (I just did a poem for the rwp wordle and was forced into invoking old songs by the word rancid, which is only a band to me. you-tube is getting some use today!)

  4. Came across your page through RWP, and I quite like what you’ve done so far! Is it cool if I add you to my List o’ Blogs?

  5. I love the sounds this makes on my tongue when I read it out loud.


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