Movies with “Momo”
would start the projector
and watch the same movie
with his wife every night.
Always in my Heart,
starring Kay Francis
and Walter Huston.
In that very same Chicago basement
he would later be killed in
cooking sausage and peppers
for those he thought were his friends.
But decades earlier,
the basement was where he and his wife
would watch Always in my Heart.
And after his wife died,
“Momo” still retired down to the basement
That empty chair beside him,
Sam would start up the projector
and sit and watch in silence.
About the Author: Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, As It Ought To Be Magazine The New York Quarterly, Cultural Weekly, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.
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Image Credit: Still from “Always in My Heart”