How To Be Happy


I can remember teaching you your colors – further proof, if anyone needs it, of the inutility of memory. We were all easier to love back then, before silence became the main means of communication. I glance over at you. You’re still in your work clothes, the college dropout, dried teardrops of paint on your chin. One of your younger sisters calls us in her childish voice to come in for dinner, but we sit another little while on the porch in the growing dark, watching, as if by secret agreement, the drifting green sparks of the fireflies.



Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing) and the forthcoming poetry chapbooks The Complete Absence of Twilight (Mad Hat Press), Echo’s Bones and Danger Falling Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks), and An Armed Man Lurks in Ambush (unbound CONTENT). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.