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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

9173, 1803, 0094

by John Doyle

 

 9173 was my ID code for work,

instead of typing in my name, I'd type in this number,

get paid, be this unrustable machine.

Patrick McGoohan would've been so proud.

 

1803 was the alarm code for some shithole I lived in,

it was south of the city,

junkies, arguments,

takeaway smells upstairs.

People told me romantic tales of the southside of the city,

women were called "Penelope" there,

smelled like Milan,

men drove Porsches, wore white collars and yellow cuffs.

From my window I saw a guy drive past—

looked just like King Carlos of Spain.

Fancy that.

 

0094 is some random number

I just wrote down.

It could also be a number someone's throat

gets slashed for

in 4-minutes time.

 

The clock is ticking—

is it you,

do you even have time to read

this next poem?

 

 

John Doyle is from County Kildare in Ireland. He returned to writing poetry in February 2015 after a gap of nearly 7 years. Since then, he's had 6 collections released, including Leaving Henderson County, in 2020. He is writing his first novel at present and works as a journalist.




Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.



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