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Death and Poetry…

My poetry changed for the better when I first read Charles Simic a few months ago.  It’s refreshing to read someone who does not rely upon longwinded sermons or bask in grandiose language.  He is simple, yet compelling.  He is not afraid to be.  This poem is one of my most “Simic-esque” pieces.  I’ve revised it a bit since its publication at the link below.  It also contains one of my favorite lines I’ve ever written.

Gloom Cupboard

The Other Side of Town

It’s 1 a.m. in September.
Three witches walk towards me
Down Artesia Boulevard
Armed with eyebrows like
My father’s temper.

I fear witches more than heights,
Clowns, and spiteful waiters.

And they’re a month early.

I’ll tell them it was an accident;
I simply forgot to wash the dishes.
And I pulled out all the whiskers of
The black cat in the alley
Because he bragged of his many lives.

My father had one.

Death and poetry
Are related in life.
Bloodlines of realism so exaggerated,
It makes sense.

I decide to cut across the street,

Pushing too real reveries
To the side,
Like horrid vegetables.


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.

5 responses »

  1. well, that may be your favorite line but mine is:

    I’ll tell them it was an accident;
    I simply forgot to wash the dishes.

    perhaps that’s just the monty python in me!

    I like this one. it is very charles simic-y. and that’s a good thing!!

  2. Ha. Thanks. 6th stanza.

  3. I’m curious what your favorite line is, because I see several contenders. Well written!


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