Three Found Poems

by Howie Good

Rites of Passage

Often, the pupils
become dilated.

Sweating or chills
are not uncommon.

Sizes and shapes
of objects become

distorted, as do
movements.

Sensations may seem
to “cross over,”

giving the feeling
of hearing colors
and seeing sounds.

Some experience
an intense bliss

they mistake
for “enlightenment.”

Source: Phrases found on “What are the Risks of LSD?” 

A One-Way Conversation

Tomorrow never knows She said
she said You know what to do
Cry for a shadow Dig a pony Carry that weight
And your bird can sing Any time at all

Source: Titles of songs by the Beatles as listed at  Songfacts

Blue Sunday

When I look in the mirror
Who is there?

Shadow kisses, shadow love.
Time like glass.

Nobody but me
Can know the sorrow
That wrings me.

The lightning does not go out.

I wish I could be
The cherry
As spring comes on.

Source: Index of first lines in Kenneth Rexroth, New Poems (1974)

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections ‘Lovesick’ (Press Americana, 2009), ‘Heart With a Dirty Windshield’ (BeWrite Books, 2010), and ‘Everything Reminds Me of Me’ (Desperanto, 2011), as well as 28 print and digital poetry chapbooks. He has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net and Web anthologies. He is a contributing editor to the online literary journal ‘Common-Line’, co-editor of the online nonfiction journal ‘Left Hand Waving’, and co-founder and -editor (with Dale Wisely) of the digital chapbook publisher ‘White Knuckle Press’.
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