Compression by Daniel Romo

Once upon a near amputation, a tourniquet fell in love with a limb. Few relationships are tighter than the bond between cloth tightly twisted around skin. Constricting blood flow is the purest form of displaying affection’s depths. Opposites attract, but so do devices wrapping the body as if redirecting life from one part of the torso to another. Imagine all the possible poses concerning wedding photos! However not all perceived feelings of intimacy are invited, or requited. Not every smitten protagonist is destined to be the last man standing in a storybook ending. A man might convince himself that he’s Mr. Right for many women because who can know for sure the ratio of love to reciprocation? What’s meant to be is often simply a matter of feeling secure snuggling into a comfortable arm strong enough to shoulder any form of bloodshed that might come your way.

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). More at