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John Doyle: The Indiscretion

Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023

The Indiscretion


by John Doyle


I.F.I. Dublin, March 2017


My seat was a pink-elbowed virgin,

a bait scarved-snipers Dublin draws

this time of the willing equinox;

you settle into your book-club novel,

heron returned to shore having pierced stupid waters, 

like invader, 

like cascading WW2 bomber—

like something that un-knows harmony and takes all its leviathan days 

shaking them from its soaking gob—

across the couch where you took my throne and sat there 

like that witch who’d bitch-slap Charlie Brown as if it were her birthright,

as if it were the predetermined route of life.

Could you pity lukewarm coffee

screaming down a plughole as you hide behind your book-club excuses, knowing,

suitably silent?

That was my seat, life was beautiful there 

and through the skylight the stars for once 

called me by my name—

What name do you ride your mule by—Judas, Raffles, Rizzo? 

Not Stella or Nightingale, that I can safely say.

What shames me more is Iscariot’s son—at the door, telling me nothing—and I smile meekly

John Doyle likes to write poems about James Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bertie Windsor. Sometimes he writes about other stuff, too.

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023