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Hector gives his line of goodbyes: kisses his father’s King hand, brother’s forehead, wife’s lips, his newborn’s cheek who cries on cue. And Brad Pitt keeps screaming HECTOOORRR…! HECTOOORRR…! And Troy reluctantly opens the gates because they know Hector’s has to die. And Hector knows he has to die because Brad Pitt’s outside all Spartan and buff and pissed-off. And Hector killed Brad’s cousin because he thought it was Achilles. And Brad got savage mad. And they epic battled. And I rooted for Hector. Then I rooted for Brad. Then I went back to Hector. And I suddenly felt like changing my name to Hector, because it sounds exotic but not too out there. And I think it means all strong and brave and shit. But then I side with Brad because I see Angelina Jolie and all the babies. Kill him Brad, kill him! The babies. The babies… 


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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