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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


by Howie Good

I check my e-mail before going to bed
and find a new message

the Migrant Education Center asking
for a woman’s winter coat small or medium

also gloves and a scarf

It’s almost Christmas it’s getting colder
and she walks her children to school every morning

as people sit at their computers hitting delete

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Death of the Frog Prince (2004) and Heartland (2007), both from FootHills Publishing, and Strangers & Angels (2007) from Scintillating Publications. He was recently nominated for the second time for a Pushcart Prize.