Hawk Murders Sparrow

by Howie Good

And where were you
during the fluster of wings?

At the window?
Trying to cross the hills to Prague

before the Russians caught up?
It was cold even for January.

Snow crusted the ruins
of the garden the town planted

in memory of Lisa and Joey,
the dead Cerniglia children.

The most mysterious thing,
I read somewhere,

is a fact clearly stated.
The sun will shine

for another six billion years.
At least.

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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