Two Poems

Questions for an Upper Atmosphere

by Daniel Romo

A blip or dot or reason to believe in God? What if each fleck of grace is the primer before the purpose? Is zooming in on the night as intrusive as eavesdropping on the sky? How does a bystander become a participant in their own life? In which season must mountains inform drivers not every turn is swerved to scale? If you let go of the wheel does control revert to the maker of the car or creator of the land? Let’s say I stretch far and high enough, can my skin shed the last trace of all my sin? Is it a question of if, or when, or how high you’re willing to stretch towards Heaven?

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