The O in Ohio

by Howie Good

The day I ran out of things to say,
it was fiercely cold. This isn’t yours,

is it? my wife asked, holding up
a lone black glove. Or is it?

My brother’s nice father-in-law
was dying in Ohio. I wasn’t there,

but for a long time, I stood
and watched a crow flying raggedly

through the blind maze of falling snow.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of 15 poetry chapbooks, including Ghosts of Breath from Bedouin Books and those forthcoming from FootHills Publishing, Publishing Genius, and ml press. He has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize and five times for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length book of poetry, Lovesick, was released in 2009 by Press Americana. He is co-editor of the online literary journal Left Hand Waving.

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