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Thursday, June 05, 2008


by Howie Good

I am not really here nor
will I be,

but nonetheless

a bum arrives out of
the thin rain

pushing a shopping cart
jammed with abandoned treasures,

old newspapers, false idols,
the pale, upturned faces of empties,

and when I lay down
in the afternoon,

suffering from an unspecified

I can feel through the floor
of all fifty states

the sobbing of an orphan engine.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of four poetry chapbooks, Death of the Frog Prince (2004) and Heartland (2007) from FootHills Publishing, Strangers & Angels (2007) from Scintillating Publications, and the forthcoming The News at 11 from Right Hand Pointing.