What the Dead think of Cats
Doll-faced, white, black, blue, cream, red-
all things beware of indifferent strays,
with at least one lion and a fair-haired girl.
If two face types, a father and his son,
limp into a woman’s home, they don’t know
what the attraction is, but trouble
is given personality and promptly thrown out,
as the notion of witch hunts
quietly trots on board. Flies and women,
cats and the King of Thieves judge distance
and hear a wide range of sounds.
Protected by law from strong fashion,
they are frightened one moonless night
by day bandaged in night’s disguise.
Unobserved, a black cat portends several months
on the number 3 bus. A spokesman
picks it out from between people’s legs,
but will never be popular. However,
that’s not absolutely true, as he needs
to be inspired by better companions
to make the transition to sound.
The question of ethics should be raised.