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My seven cents a day saves a starving small Somalian; the pocket change jingles in his bloated belly. His name is Samboobwa. Sam for short. Sometimes they send me pictures of Sam. Sometimes Sam’s smiling. When I look at the pictures I think of Sally Struthers. When I think of Sally Struthers I think of Meathead. Sam’s father is a pirate. His mother had a virus. I don’t know exactly where Somalia is, other than it’s in Africa. When I think of Africa I think of We Are the World. When I think of We Are the World I think of my 80’s grade school pictures: a background of barn, bright lights, tilted head … Cheeeeese

(to be published here)

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About Daniel Romo

Author of 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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