Howie Good

by Best Poem

Six Words In Search of a Poem

They’ll be dressed like refugees,
in blankets of yellowing newsprint,

when they limp into view.
You can ask, but they won’t tell you

their names, or where they’re going,
or why their skin weeps so.

They’ll just stare as if remembering
the treachery of the coachman

who abandoned them in a desperate country
while they slept.

Then, after a forlorn conference
with the resident mongrels,

they’ll slouch off in the failing light,
accompanied only by heartbroken barking.

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.