FOR THE WOMAN WHO WALKED OUT DURING MY READING
To what should I attribute it,
the influence of sunspots
or the general decay of manners?
Please don’t say it was me,
the dull sincerity of my words,
their untreated depression,
that sent you rushing off.
Let me think there was a man
(with a ponytail, perhaps),
a vase of dried wildflowers,
a bedroom wall on which
you put a hand for balance
as you stepped out of your skirt,
your micro panties, and then yourself
and delicately into a love poem.
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.