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From one of my Creative Writing students, given the prompt- 3 ways of looking at _________. (She chose “Mr. Romo”)

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It was the pants. That day I found out too many compliments can turn a man sour. Mr. Romo, upon receiving compliments, becomes the poetic hulk. He writes to express his pride but anger only ensues. He takes the pent up rage out on his students. Terror.

The bike, Mr. Romo riding the streets with knee and elbow pads complete with helmet, one of those visors on it. There is a serious/sad look on his face while he peddles, bottles strapped to the back of his bike, messenger bag at his side. He rides home to girls.

Mr. Romo, sitting at his desk, he is reading, he is asking for more time, he is looking at the floor. Mr. Romo’s only expression is sad. He can only be sad, he’s looking at the computer, I’m not sure what at, I’m guessing Twitter. Even while handing the office aide the attendance he looks forlorn. Dear Mr. Romo, feel better, take care.


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.

6 responses »

  1. …wants to write a three ways of looking at Mr. Romo prompt too. Ah, wait. You’re married. And this exercise would inevitably turn dirty. Maybe I’ll do three ways of looking at Mr. Wilson instead. 🙂

  2. holy monkeys this is fantastic.
    talk about misfit brilliant.
    this one gets all the points. … also, note to future students: it never hurts to spice up your assignments by referring to the instructor as the ‘poetic hulk.’

  3. That is freakin’ brilliant! I’d say stop being so forlorn, but poets are supposed to be a brooding, miserable lot that inflicts terror upon their students. 🙂 Well done!

    • Thanks, Dar. I’m doing my best to create a troupe of misfit, but brilliant writers. I think it’s working.


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