Felis marinus

[Cat sits in a birdbath
empty except for the cat]

Roll your
nine striped tail
and blink ? one eye slower
than the other.

A shipwreck if a redbird
comes bathing and finds
you instead of bathwater.

Swagger and turn,
wind in jaunty
tail. Close your
last varnished eye.

Put harpoon teeth away,
swab fur clean,
stretch your sail tightly.

Catnap. Invent
bathing bright
cardinals, or bat
down a nuthatch.

[Cat sleeps in a birdbath
empty except for the cat

- and dreams of marooned birds].