The Orange Room Review

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An Apology to His Muse

by Howard Good

Sorry for describing to strangers
the dazzling pink tips of your breasts,

and sorry for the despondent pawnshop
to which I frequently retreat
with another piece of our wedding silver

and for afterward buying the brown pills
that look like .22 longs when I’d said I wouldn’t,

and sorry for the police cars howling down
our street as if you were my hostage
and there were a poem, simple but sincere,

pressed like a knife brightly against your throat.

HOWARD GOOD'S latest chapbooks are LAST WORDS, available online from Gold Wake Press at, and POLICE & QUESTIONS, available online from Right Hand Pointing at