The Chimaera: Issue 2, January 2008

Howie Good

Love During Wartime

I think it’s finally time, don’t you,
to crack open that bottle
the previous tenants bequeathed to us?

We can drink to whatever you want —
lack of sleep, importunate prayers,
another day of freedom from the landlord’s

fretful knock — then tumble into bed,
our bones loosened, our minds in happy
disarray, despite, or perhaps because,

it’s now light and there’s a kind of war
outside our window and the invisible sniper
in the gaunt bell tower is always watching

with bloodshot eyes for a clean shot.


Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Death of the Frog Prince (2004) and Heartland (2007), both from FootHills Publishing, and Strangers & Angels, forthcoming from Scintillating Publications. He was recently nominated for the second time for a Pushcart Prize.