Felis mar­i­nus

Wednesday, 18 June 2003

[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].