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“Cool as a cucumber sittin’ in the back, pickin’ his teeth with a crowbar.” (video two)


Today I went to my Uncle Michael’s funeral. I saw several family members who I unfortunately only see under these circumstances. The nephew in me wanted to mourn. The writer in me wanted to mourn through writing. I’m not good at writing about real-life sad events. It hurts too much to channel. But I suppose this is a form of mourning through writing. Today at the cemetery, I overheard someone say my Great-Uncle Charlie was on YouTube. I couldn’t imagine why. I wanted to turn around and ask him why, but I didn’t. So tonight I YouTubed him. Sure enough, there he was. I’m not sure if any of my family ever reads my blog. If so, I think Uncle Michael is looking down, smiling at his Uncle Charlie from South Central Los Angeles. I know I am. This is for you Uncle Michael…


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.

2 responses »

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your uncle. (And thank you for sharing the videos.)


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