Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Drowned on Dry Land by Howie Good

Walking at dusk,
no definite purpose in mind,
along an empty stretch
of Kalmus Beach,

my shoulders hunched
against the wind
swirling off the water,

I’m just about to pass
the lifeguard shack,
boarded up for winter,

when the one gull
on the roof squawks,
Ha-ha, ha-ha-ha,

like a minor character
dressed always
in a white shirt
with a dirty collar

who suddenly refuses,
out of sheer malice,
to cooperate with the author.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser's Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry.

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