Uncle Frank

Dan Morgan

The Worst Way to Go

There was this time in Houston once when I did something that’s been hanging around in my mind over the years, tucked down inside of me like a lucky charm that I don’t want to lose, and ever now and then I take it out and admire it a little when I need something to fall back on that makes me feel like I’m not so much a loser as I sure seem to be. I used to think about it from time to time, but in the past couple of years it’s come back to me lots more since I don’t seem to have too many things to be all that proud of these days.

     Back when I was working nights at the downtown bus station for a while sweeping floors and scrubbing out toilets and pinching gum off the bottom of seats and picking up other people’s trash and having lunch at the counter where they had good meatloaf and a waitress named Holly that I tried to screw but never got to, one night when I just got off work something happened


This Piece is written in middle style.  The author is talking directly to the reader and therefore eliminates the footing as much as possible.  This puts the reader on the same level as the author.  The author uses long sentences that could possibly be considered run on which gives the feel that he is just basically thinking.


I’ve had a dream that’s been playing in my mind for the past several years.  I don’t know what this dream means, or where it came from, but it seems ever so familiar every time it replays itself, almost like the dream never started or ended, it just is.  For a while I was worried, I got nervous that this was going to be some kind of self fulfilled prophecy. The weird part is that I don’t even know what the dream is about.  When I’m in it, everything seems clear and I know what’s going on, but like many dreams, the moment you wake up you forget what it’s about, but you also forget the feeling you had during the dream. Not this dream though.  I forget what it’s about but the feeling is still there. The feeling never goes away. The feeling is not so good.  I, have not been feeling good lately. 

            It started when I was a seemingly, innocent, carefree boy about 6 years old.  My mom took me to the beach everyday during the summer. We had a beach house, and man I tell, you it was the best beach house ever, I mean we had an outdoor shower, five different bikes all equipped with bananas seats, four boogie boards, 7 different sized sand scoopers, three cabinets worth of microwavable popcorn and enough VHS movies to build an emergency shelter.  My cousin would always come two weeks after me because he got out of school later. Aside from both of our mom’s and our grandmother or Nana as we also called her, our uncle Frank would join us after he got his break from work.  We all had a blast together.  From the beach, to the boardwalk, i-max theater, the Humongous theme park, and lots of seafood, we literally never got board. We all loved each other very much, although uncle Frank always said that I was his favorite. I never understood this, since I did not really see him that much and my cousin knew him a lot better than I did.  However, one night my parents wanted to go out to dinner and my cousin went along.  I wanted to stay home and watch movies.  That night I found out why I was uncle Frank’s favorite.


One thought on “Uncle Frank

  1. ellalatorres7

    I think your piece was in middle style, so you were on point with that. It was a very interesting piece but it felt like it had two different parts to it. I wish you would have connected the dream, and the feeling, with the beach house. I think that you are very creative in any case, and I am assured every time I read your posts. Keep on!


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