Solve Me a Mystery

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Litany of the ten Detectives



Spenser, for your love of Susan

your witty repartee with Hawk,      solve me a mystery.

Wallander, for your pursuit of predators,

of human traffickers,   solve me a mystery.

Harry Bosch, for your battles with  politicos,

your beer drinking meditations

on your deck above the Hollywood hills solve me a mystery.

Jack Reacher,  travelling without a suitcase,

furious at the bad guys, solve me a mystery.

Armand Gamache, beloved by Three Pines, solve me a mystery.

Commissaire Adamsberg, struck dumb by mysterious attacks of intuition,

patient with your quirky detectives, solve me a mystery.

Lizbeth Sallander, hard drives within hard drives, solve me a mystery.

Harry Hole, for your care for the boy Oleg despite everything, solve me a mystery.

Dismas Hardy, wily San Francisco lawyer, solve me a mystery.

Matthew Scudder, guzzling coffee at AA meetings,

sitting in the back pew at the butcher’s Mass,

agonizing over murder,

solve me a mystery.

All you flawed and suffering fighters for the right,

solve me a mystery.

solve me a mystery.


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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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