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Howie Good

Famous on Facebook

So many brilliant friends (1,306)
all shouting at the same time,

some confessing, others arguing
or bragging or retelling jokes,

until I think I should, maybe,
just give up trying to be heard

above the rumble-bumble and
go back to what I once knew best,

a quiet that was old and steady
and tightly woven like a poem.


Howie Good is the author most recently of Stick Figure Opera: 99 100-word Prose Poems from Cajun Mutt Press.

Howie Good

Benediction

Love everything that lives
and be fair to all the parts
and do not have a hierarchy,

but should the uniforms come
for you under cover of night
eager to convey you into smoke,

resolve to become like the drunks
who, when sufficiently enraged,
can just shrug off the paralyzing effects

of being tasered, or like the wind
that dies one moment only to return
the next as poems and explosions.


Howie Good is the author of most recently of Stick Figure Opera from Cajun Mutt Press.


 

Howie Good

Martyrdom of a Curmudgeon

What a sight
it would be,
me, with my heart
plucked out
of my body,

still managing
somehow to say,
“It’s just 11 ounces,
you morons,”

before feral youth
coldly scratch
their names
and affiliations
all over it.


Howie Good is the author of most recently of Stick Figure Opera from Cajun Mutt Press.


 

Howie Good

Caution! Poet at Work

I have spent many an hour
looking out my back door,
waiting for something to happen,

but nothing that would ever
be considered a police matter,
nothing even faintly criminal,

just for the best words to appear
like pigeons strutting into view
wearing tiny cowboy hats.


Howie Good is on the pavement, thinking about the government.


 

Pushcart Nominee 2019

Howie Good

The Last Voyage

Our 93-year-old dad, without his hearing aids
or even his three-pronged cane, still managed
somehow to give everyone the slip, sneaking off
to Monte Carlo Night down in the cellar
of a dream factory, where he coolly turned over
his hole card and won $400, after which
he started back upstairs, but on the way,
and despite struggling for breath, charmed
a roller derby queen on a royal visit out of her skates,
so instead of ever returning to his rooms
at the assisted living got on a ship they say
was built in the same shipyard as the Titanic.


Howie Good‘s most recent book is Stick Figure Opera from Cajun Mutt Press.