New Year’s Day: Poetry by Cynthia Good – Second Place Winner of Solstice Contest

So long cell tower dish sneaking in 
the bedroom window, so long 
to saying thank you to taxi doors 
held open, only to slide across sticky seats.  
So long to dragging our bodies into rooms 
where we don’t want to go, into arguments 
that aren’t our own. So long to keeping 
the shouting quiet to not wake the kids,
to the long marriage, to friends who left town 
or the earth, the driver who cuts you off 
in traffic, and yells fuck you at the windshield. 
So long to war and worrying about my mother. 
So long Mom. And maple leaves fluttering up 
and painting the ground red with stars. 
So long to day-sleeping, to knobby knees 
on hardwood floors, to breathing and breaking 
and being broken, to waiting for something better, 
or worse, so long to being afraid, pissed off 
or hungry, to thinking I was lucky for so long.
Cynthia Good

Cynthia Good is an award-winning author, journalist and former TV news anchor. She has written six books including Vaccinating Your Child, which won the Georgia Author of the Year award. She launched two magazines, Atlanta Woman and the nationally distributed PINK magazine for women in business. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Adanna Journal, Awakenings, Book of Matches, Brickplight, Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, Cutthroat, Free State Review, Full Bleed, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Hole in the Head Review, Main Street Rag, Maudlin House Review, MudRoom, Outrider Press, OyeDrum Magazine, The Penmen Review, Pensive Journal, Persimmon Tree, Pier-Glass Poetry, Pink Panther Magazine, Poydras, South Shore Review, The Ravens Perch, Reed Magazine, Tall Grass, Terminus Magazine, They Call Us, and Voices de la Luna and Willows Wept Review, Semi-Finalist: The Word Works 2021, among others. Cynthia’s new chapbook, What We Do With Our Hands, will be published by Finishing Line Press this summer.

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