I call the customer care number

because that’s what people


when they have a problem do.


And who is this? the woman

who picks up asks.


Oh, to be a cowpuncher

sleeping it off in the town jail.




Howie Good (goodh@newpaltz.edu), a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of five poetry chapbooks, Death of the Frog Prince (2004), Heartland (2007), and Apocalypse Mambo (forthcoming) from FootHills Publishing, Strangers & Angels (2007) from Scintillating Publications, and the e-book, Police & Questions (forthcoming),  from Right Hand Pointing.