If I could, I’d take the metro to Uketopia
and never leave, ever,
and though you don’t play,
you’d be able to visit,
bringing replacement batteries for my tuner
and a bottle and the unsurprising news
that I’ve been overlooked again
for a lifetime achievement award,
and we’d finish talking (and drinking)
and then make spacious love,
the sun shining everywhere
for at least a few minutes
with the power of thousands of golden ukuleles.
I have been feeling dizzy and lightheaded this morning
and want to let you know
that I will not be making it to class.
I am currently in bed with a migraine.
Unfortunately, they happen from time to time.
I'm really not feeling well again today
so I think I have to miss class again.
I'm in a class right now where I'll be taking a test,
but I've been sick for a while (coughing, throat,
headache, etc.) and don't know if I'll have the energy
to sit in a classroom for three hours.
I'm currently experiencing bad wheelchair problems
that will, as of now, render me unable to get to class tomorrow.
Just reminding you that I am missing class Thursday
to attend the SUNY Model EU summit
in New York City as a part of the Press Corps.
I had to miss today's journalism class due to heart palpitations.
Please excuse my absence tomorrow,
a family friend committed suicide and I rushed home.
I will get the notes from a classmate.
received from students during spring and fall 2013 semesters at SUNY
We were waiting in line to see who had cupped the hump of the
hunchback with tenderness. I believed at the time that everything
was interesting. It’s why I always carried around so much shit in my
pockets. Someone we met while standing there was advising others not
to be afraid to shoot through a door or wall. I had forgotten about
it until one day recently. The sound of a shell being jacked into
the chamber said, Come out, come out.
Copyright © Howie Good 2013
Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the
author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of
Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing) and the forthcoming
poetry chapbooks The Complete Absence of Twilight
(Mad Hat Press), Echo's Bones and Danger Falling
Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks), and An Armed Man Lurks
in Ambush (unbound CONTENT). He co-edits White Knuckle
Press with Dale Wisely.