By M.A. Scott
after Allen Ginsberg
The cave is holy! The pole is holy! The phone is holy! The manor is holy!
The mask and glove and cape and tights are holy!
Every hero is holy! every villain’s holy! every crime scene is holy! every
lair is a sanctuary! every thug’s an angel!
The sidecar’s as holy as the Batcycle! the United Underworld is as holy as
you my Dynamic Duo are holy!
The Batmobile is holy the utility belt is holy the Bat-radio is holy the
ankle-snug booties are holy the Bat-swagger is holy!
Holy Harriet holy Alfred holy Commissioner holy O’Hara holy Warden
holy Batgirl holy Robin holy the secret costumed and spandexed
avengers holy their lycra and leatherette silhouettes!
Holy our enemies in their secret hideouts! Holy the codpieces of the
grandfathers of Arkham!
Holy the groaning Batarang! Holy the pellet grenades! Holy the napalm
incendiary package smoke & POW & KrunCH!’
Holy the lone philanthropist! Holy the boy ward of the billionaire! Holy
the 1:00 a.m. channels of syndication! Who digs Gotham City IS
Holy Joker Holy Catwoman Holy King Tut & Riddler Holy Egghead Holy
Penguin Holy Bookworm Holy Mr. Freeze!
Holy Bat-Time on Bat-Channels holy Bat-channels in Bat-Time holy the
cameo appearances holy the fourth episode holy the cliffhanger
holy the heroes in peril!
Holy the spats holy the parasol holy the bullet bra holy the monocle holy the
Bat-gas holy the hallucinations holy the stocking-capped goons holy the
eyeslits holy the red-wide grin!
Holy the Bat-Signal’s high-voltage beam of true identity against the night sky of
M.A. Scott’s poetry has recently appeared in Dream Pop Journal, Crab Fat Magazine, concīs, Heron Tree, and The Nancy Drew Anthology. She has studied writing at Gotham Writers Workshop, The Home School, and the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she co-hosts monthly “Submissions Sundays”. M.A. grew up in Rhode Island and currently lives in New York's Hudson Valley.