Author: Howard Good
Location: Highland, New York
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Death of the Frog Prince
(2004) and Heartland
(2007) from FootHills Publishing, Strangers & Angels
(2007) from Scintillating Publications, and the forthcoming The News at 11
from Right Hand Pointing.
At the Bureau of Missing Soldiers
The general sits before an open ledger, rubbing his forehead
as he studies with mounting perplexity the emerging marks
and stains. Although not at fault, the clerks whisper nervously
in the background. No matter how many names they erase,
or how thoroughly, the ledgers always fill up again by morning.
Outside the windows the public hurries past on other errands.
These days only dignitaries get to visit the basement museum,
where most discover an interest in officers’ dress swords,
regimental battle flags, and, of course, the shoe full of bones.