by Howie Good
Oh, how they ooh at you,
the bareback rider in the poster,
expostulate on your red match-head of hair
and cotton-candy pink costume,
your white horse whirling round the ring
like a storm of paperweight snow,
but when the ringmaster in shiny black boots
and swallowtail coat cracks his whip
for attention inside the faded and peeling tent,
they’ll awake, though not sure just why.
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 (2007) from Scintillating Publications. He was recently nominated for the second time for a Pushcart Prize.