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John Short: Worry Beads

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Art by Bernice Holtzman © 2024

WORRY BEADS

 

by John Short

 

Memories of those days

when radiators rattled

through an Athens winter

and you missing home,

 

harassed to exasperation

by the hotel manager:

a nutcase in a dirty wig

unappetising as roadkill.

 

The staff gasped when

I told him keep your hair on

and we flew across reception

like poor choreography.

 

I trailed cheerless streets

until bitter February

relaxed its austere grip,

gave way to clement March.

 

An ear to the city’s pulse,

eye on diner overflow,

worry beads you’d given me

to symbolsze farewell.

 

 

 

John Short lives in Liverpool (UK) again after a previous life in southern Europe. He's appeared in about 80 magazines internationally and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. He has a pamphlet, Unknown Territory (Black Light Engine Room 2020), and a full collection, Those Ghosts (Beaten Track 2021). His collection, In Search of a Subject (Cerasus Poetry 2023), is available on Amazon or as an e-book from the Cerasus online shop.

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.

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