The Seduction of Eliza

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

written March 19, 2019

My Daughter was 4 years old

when She first heard

The Voice of Dr. Blair

over My Mother’s answering machine

in The Master Bedroom of The Shakespeare House–

with sun hitting Her tossoled hair

She listened to the smoldering lilt

of whatever it was He was saying to Me

and She looked up, smiling shyly,

and got goog-elly eyes