ISSUE 6: WINTER 2017 / POETRY

“Apocalypse Wow” by Howie Good

On Berlin Street, a vehicle hit a deer. Someone was verbally harassing children on Barre Street. And no cops for miles. People were using drugs at Hubbard Park. Now they see sky, and they remember what they are. On State Street, a missing dog was spotted. Wolf, are you there? I didn’t believe my friends when they first told me. To hell with it. You say, “Yes, yes, no, yes.” And it happens. You keep going. Look at the sunny side, even if your house is burning.

The police hate making lists of all the items stolen overnight from unlocked vehicles – radar detectors, golf clubs, laptops, cameras, sunglasses, CDs, cigarettes, and loose change. But you use things as you need them. Everything flows. Velocity is advancing everywhere. Do you want to die on the hill? Do you think this is going away? They don’t want to turn off the information, ever. You can see everywhere the end of resistance, the dust of this planet, the marvelous clouds.


Originally published in Issue 5 Poets In Unity: Responses to the Election of Donald Trump.


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Howie Good is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize. His latest book is A Ghost Sings, a Door Opens  from Another New Calligraphy.


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One thought on ““Apocalypse Wow” by Howie Good

  1. Free Spiritual Art reflecting on Trump (Please consider sharing/posting with Networks, a sort of protective prayer )

     
    Like all of us, wrestling with the 2016 election results and its aftermath, the fears I have for this country and the planet have grown deeper.   As a result I found myself working on the image above.  As it came together saw it as a piece ultimately of compassion despite how I question how on earth this person and his administration could have ever been chosen. 
     
    *Is this win simply about backlash?  Are there that many people upset that we have had an African American President for eight years?  Are they that ticked off about women having a say about their own bodies? Do they really believe gays and lesbians are “less than” and have no right to marriage?  Have all of us minorities just gotten way too “uppity”?
     
    Are there really two millions voters/citizens who thought it was cool to have “burn the witch” signs for Hillary Clinton; have the President throw twitter-tantrums and on-air diatribes; let alone be given kudos by the KKK? Is this how they were raised to believe adults should express themselves?  Are we just a Facebook/Tabloid Nation where having the White House and Unites States Government as a reality TV show is the best we have to offer our children? 
     
    I also see the “art postcard” I’ve posted as a spiritual piece, one which takes to task the cruelty and hate-mongering of certain “religious right” factions, whether they be Christian or those who say “It is our way or the highway” and resort to murder/terrorism.
     
    There are scores of Christian, religious, or just plain spiritual people, who don’t necessarily see themselves connected to any one faith, but just believe and try to do good.  These people just don’t necessarily have the money and time and ego to be spouting off via various forms of media.
     
    Some have actually taken vows of poverty, actually go out and work with the poor and suffering.  Some do such work for those in need in their own congregations and communities.  Some do it as “lone wolves” simply trying to be kind and decent, refraining from bullying or cattiness, and certainly not encouraging it.
     
    I hope that it is these voices and these spirits who will come to the forefront and be heard not just during the next four years, but for the generations to come… for all life on this our one and only Earth.
     
    I actually did an internet search of “International LGBT-friendly religious organizations”, and was happy that scores popped up.  With my usual “who the heck do I think I am” internal emotional landscape I decided to write to and share the image with you (and them) anyway…in solidarity for what is good about humanity, and as a sort of cyber space billboard…
     
    Safe passage with moments of lightness to all…

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