If you happen to think of me when I’m gone, think of me as a high-velocity bullet shattering three inches of leg bone, or as a mispronunciation of the word “salacious,” or as the cyanide tablet that an American spy caught crossing the border should have swallowed but didn’t, think of me as a list of the items stolen last night from unlocked vehicles (radar detectors, golf clubs, laptops, sunglasses, CDs), or as the umbrella with broken spokes you tried to open in your dream, and forget about all the rest, the oracular diction, and the blue, blue eyes, and the wisdom we imagined we got from trees.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize for Poetry from Thoughtcrime Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.


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