A Piece of My Heart

by Howie Good

A dot of blood where the sun should be. “I’ve nothing to say about it,” my heart said. Trees in full leaf haunted the highway for miles, millions of dimly veined hands reaching out as if begging forgiveness, or offering it – but, of course, I’ve made mistaken inferences from vague gestures before. At the border the guard told me to pop the trunk. My heart rattled like a plastic bottle of small, white pills. It was then the evening returned with two guns and started shooting.


Howie Good a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of eight poetry chapbooks, including Police and Questions from Right Hand Pointing, Tomorrowland from Achilles Chapbooks, The Torturer’s Horse from Recycled Karma Press, and Love Is a UFO from Pudding House.