Let’s disappear, Barbara,
in a giant whoosh of flame

and look back and laugh
at the scribble of our smoke trail.

For once, let’s not answer
the questions at the end of the chapter,

or even phone in to work,
but just climb the twisted ladder

of bones and shadows,
and if we must get somewhere,

let’s do it secretly
like your lost gold earring.

~ Howie Good

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, forthcoming from Scintillating Publications. He was recently nominated for the second time for a Pushcart Prize.

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