J.D. Schraffenberger




This is for your own good he said
What’s good for the goose he said

He said oh my goodness
Only the good die young he said

A good man is hard to find he said
He said you can’t keep a good man down

He said keep up the good work
You’re in good company he said

He said you’re throwing good money after bad
Bon appétit he said

He said against my better judgment
We’re friends with benefits he said

Don’t be such a goody goody he said
Grab the good by the horns he said

He said you’re a little good behind the ears he said
He said a goof time was had by all

You have to take everything with a good of salt he said
He said good minds think like

It’s all grok to me he said
I’ve seen butter days he said

He said two heads
Good west young man he said

Good for broke he said for the love of all that is goo
The less said he said


J. D. SCHRAFFENBERGER is the associate editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan) and The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters), and his other work appears in Best Creative Nonfiction, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.


Read more by J.D. Schraffenberger:

Essay at Brevity
Poem at Paper Darts
Short short at Revolver
Author’s Website.