Gentleman, an adventurer

Poem for Stephen Harrison by John Bryan

bodily fluids are absinthe
drinks his own hallucinogen
toward a cartoon destination
running through his veins
endless lines diagrammatise
what page of this penny dreadful
world could be left to trample
by way of print or peer in
a squiggly windrow

draws up a final draft
of The Joker
decides to fight crime
in the guise of some animal
another of Gotham City 's orphans.
he'd share his last pint with you -
wait for his signal
on the clouds a beacon
will ascend

from Prague to Paris

remember him as myth
cult by association