Shut-eye – Daniel Romo


Envisioning your life in hypotheticals is more comforting than accepting probability. The odds of achieving your dreams decrease every time you get up from a good, or bad, night’s sleep. There is no wrong side of the bed when the walls are constantly closing in on you. One can’t rise and shine when waking is a blinding reminder of a taunting routine. The safe bet is resignation to a fate determined with a coin toss. The prettiest state quarter belongs to Kentucky, despite the state actually containing no blue grass. Any self-made man is always the recipient of a generous inheritance. The thing about Southern Belles and pseudo-virginity always rings true. Hitting the snooze button over and over again is one way of delaying the new day and the need to wipe the sleep from your eyes



Daniel Romo is the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry can be found in The Los Angeles Review, The Good Man Project, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He lives, bench presses, and rides his folding bike in Long Beach, CA. More at

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