Susan Isla Tepper & Digby Beaumont – A QUIET NIGHT

Susan Isla Tepper is a twenty-year writer and the author of 12 published books of fiction and poetry and 2 stage plays.
Her satirical Novel concerning the pandemic is titled OFFICE and was just released by Wilderness House Press.
She also previewed her play THE CROOKED HEART concerning artist Jackson Pollock, in his later years, at the Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC on October 25, 2022. http://www.susantepper.com


A QUIET NIGHT

By Susan Isla Tepper

Naturally years later
you’d show up
during the full moon—
just as I’m dozing
into dreams, curled 
on the rubber sleep pad
each night rolled out and
pushed into the low tight prow
of Isabelle, humble trawler.
 
Bedtime everything puts to order:
Spiders sucked in the dust-buster,
Isabelle tied up anchored
sur la Seine
tucked in beside a larger sleeker vessel.
Safety in numbers.
 
A quiet night—
water slapping the hull; that’s all.
 
‘Til a ping of pearls
pearls washing through sleep
And I’ve wakened; listening
to this, delicate
intermittent by sheer seconds
hitting the round window in the batten door. 
 
Brushing away what seems a web 
woven along my jaw
I wriggle out,
stand, look through the window
Unprepared.
 
It’s you— all right; there
in the open stern
the balmy—
 
sporting those silly
psychedelic-blue shades 
that I remember, somehow;
you tossing pebbles
from the trucked-in sand.
 
O glorious Paris riverside
resplendent summer season!
 
The glasses smashed to your face
seem to vibrate colors
over you, the water, the deck
Picking up frequencies.
Like mine— like how you found me
 
here, under a light post beamed
high over this water
this boat
where we spent
a stretch of languid nights. 
Please do come out your voice implores.
Wobbly, slightly drunk, loud.
I cannot make a move.
I hardly recall your tone.


Digby Beaumont, Untitled, acrylic on paper


Digby Beaumont is an English artist. His work has been published extensively in collaboration with writers of fiction, poetry and music. He works on portraits, still lifes and landscapes. He also has a mixed media series titled I Don’t Know What Came Over Me, a whimsical and poignant take on the theme of what it is to be human. He works with acrylic paint, mostly on canvas board, and pen and ink on paper. Digby is also a widely published writer.

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