Imagine the sky folded
under your arm like a newspaper,
the stories written in a language
you always meant to learn and never did.
Why bother to even open it?
If you come down to Sal’s Place,
the faces of the daytime drinkers
will contain as much news as there is.
It’s like my wife said,
at least I think it was my wife:
I was fond of pictures but now
the nails on the wall are quite enough.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of
New York at New Paltz, is the author of six poetry chapbooks,
most recently Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks. He
has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice
for the Best of the Net anthology.