The Perfect Spy by Alan Catlin

“I’m a spy in the house of love
I know the dream that you’re dreaming of”
  Jim Morrison

I am an international spy in the house of love.”
  Anais Nin

Every object in her life had
been photo shopped for a special
effect: hair styles and hues,
eye color and tattoos, passport
photos in several different names,
socials to match, driver’s ID’s,
licenses to carry, anything she might
need. Business cards with three-
quarters sun, one quarter crescent moon,
matching the ones on her pubic bone
that might have been captioned:
“Hot crotch, will travel”, but spelled
out something else in trade craft
only agents, students of black arts,
would know. Life was a script written
by darkroom artists, push button killers
working in lockbox rooms keyed by
number codes changed daily by computers
in different locked rooms half a continent
away.  Nothing fazes her or distracts her
once the mission is undertaken, in bed
or out.  All results are conclusive,
final and as definitive as death.

Alan Catlin
Alan Catlin is the poetry editor of His latest books of poetry are American Odyssey from Future Cycle and Last Man Standing from Lummox Press

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