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Howie Good: Salty Hallelujahs and Wounded History


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/zHDvQNnKEps) 31.10.2021.



Beatific


My father beat me when I fell and chipped a tooth,

my mother when I used our Black maid’s hairbrush.


“Someday you’ll thank me,” my mother said as I fought

back tears. Someday wasn’t today. Today my tongue


was too busy exploring the shimmery slit down there.

I can still taste you, the surprising saltiness of hallelujahs.



Dead Language


In the surviving fragment

of his book On Analogy,

Julius Caesar tells us to


“Avoid strange and un-

familiar words as a sailor

avoids rocks at sea,” which


sounds like sensible advice.

But even so, I’m not about

to take writing tips from


the man who started the fire

that in 48 B.C. destroyed the

Great Library of Alexandria.



To Those I’ve Wounded


What I didn’t do

I should’ve done,

and what I did do

I shouldn’t have,

and now I can’t

escape my own

history, a stench

like dead-flower



About the Author: Howie Good is the author most recently of the poetry collections Gunmetal Sky (Thirty West Publishing) and Famous Long Ago (Laughing Ronin Press).


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