Howie Good

Protect yourself from Marines,
terrorists burning in bone-chilling mountains,

SWAT officers executing EMTs,
or a civilian working in a permissive environment.

All require a pen they can depend on.
Your hands understand - it's essential

you should never be without freezing cold,
intense heat, a big thanks to everyone

who stopped by the table and said "hi."

Copyright 2009 Howie Good

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of eight poetry chapbooks. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length poetry book, Lovesick, will be published this summer by The Poetry Press.