Howie Good

by Best Poem

Apocalypse Mambo

The shadow of the bomber
climbs the Empire State Building

like the red in a thermometer,

and men with French cuffs
decide because they can

whose child drowns in fire,
whose world disappears.

Then they glance at their watches
and gather up their papers,

and we feel dark, insolvent wings
pass over us when least expected,

while shoving it in, or pulling it out,
or reading this.

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 a forthcoming e-chapbook from Right Hand Pointing.

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