On this particular Sunday, a screaming crow flew across my path. I had a pilfered loaf of bread under my coat to help feed the starving millions or to melt down into bullets. The pope declared from his window in St. Peter’s Square, “Don’t be afraid of tattoos.” Who was he trying to kid? I knew from personal experience what it was like to live with a chronic condition and be made to endure its cruel and arbitrary edicts and then watch in mounting terror the horizon burn from one end to the other.
Howie Good is the author of Failed Haiku, a poetry collection that is the co-winner of the 2021 Grey Book Press Chapbook Contest, scheduled for publication in summer 2022.