Two Poems

And so You Drift

by Daniel Romo

The fog collapses onto the sidewalk and no Midwest snow angel can compete with a mosaic of inner-city footprints. The thing about living by the beach but never so much as toeing the water is the thing about refusing to revisit depths that reside so close to the surface. During my lunchtime walk I overheard a kid tell another kid, You know why the ocean is so big? It’s because whales take up so much space and I knew a pathological liar who could fold his body so small, he was able to fit inside the tiniest granules of his truths. Our greatest fib is often wrapped our most intimate divulgence. It’s a little-known fact, the “spout” you see is not a fountain of water, but a stream of warm air being forced out of the whale’s lungs. It’s a littler-known fact that any man who wades out to sea all alone is the bravest and most buoyant person that there is.

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, PANK, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he is an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. He lives and teaches in Long Beach, CA. More at