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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.


 

Pushcart Nominee 2019

Howie Good

How to Prepare for Heartbreak

Summoning up
a kind of rage,
stubbornly walk,
or even crawl,
across a frozen sea
and then pass
through a hole in a fence,
on the other side
of which it’s dusk,
and maybe always is,
no people anywhere,
just stubble fields
and a black dog
with a red tongue.


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


 

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.