I’ve got
no excuses
for my mistakes
or the awkwardness
that falters inside me
or the yolk yellow prevaricatorial
nature of my emerging posture as a goat
inhabiting the corner of a building
and working toward a distant conclusion
where the human infection that is
consuming me will either fade into remission
or devour me completely.

In the corner of a building
I ply my trade. The humans swarm
like a virus, consuming any available meat
and buzzing their sick appreciation
to themselves and to each other.
And I am completely alone as the clock
ticks three decades gone and I eat
a burrito to celebrate and drink a
Dr. Pepper with time to kill on a busy day.

Image credit:Anne Nygård

Douglas Goodwin's books include Hung Like a Hebrew National, Half Memory of a Distant Life, and Slamming it Down. The latter two include a foreword by Charles Bukowski, who championed Goodwin's verse and corresponded with Goodwin over several years. Much of the Goodwin-Bukowski correspondence appears in the feature "Letters to Douglas Goodwin" in the 2015/16 edition of the Charles Bukowski Society Jahrbuch 2015/16, edited by Roni and Sönke Mann, out of Bamberg, Germany. Goodwin also collaborated with poet Steve Richmond on the literary magazine stance in the 1980s.