We argued, Gus and I, about the ending.
I favored escape, a dashing kidnap late,
moonlight run to Calais, then England and beyond.
He wanted death, pain and no redemption.
He said courts are easier when lack of virtue earns no reward.
We faked the thing-I overacted just a bit
and as he became the toast of Paris,
Berthé and I were settling in New York.
(the Cary Building right by Mrs. Mingott’s place.)
My daughter marries an American boy next week
And life seems bright here, like opera and
piano lessons and strong, out-spoken men.
In New York, the virtues seem to slink away
and all the good is in a change of scene.
About the Author: I've been a merchant seaman, teacher, chef and cab driver. My most recent publication is the memoir Radiation Days from Skyhorse Publishing. I've published two novels, The Bachelor's Cat and Paula Sherman and the National Rifle Association. I've also written The New Short Course in Wine and The Short Course in Beer. A few years ago, I started writing poetry. My poem, The Would-be Lepidopterist has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other poetry has appeared in Angelic Dynamo, Melusine, gutter eloquence, Off the Coast, Waterways, Abramelin, Referential,The Broad Street Review, Sephyrus and Short, and Fast and Deadly. My main influences are Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Billy Collins, Groucho Marx, and Ogden Nash.