Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Cat 

 

The stealthy feline 

rises onto the table 

and sits in 

defiance. 

 

II 

 

Among the exceptional beasts,

the only one  that thinks

like a human 

is a cat.

III 

 

Purring soft as 

katydid wings—

I fall asleep to 

a cats ruminations. 

 

IV 

 

The age-old question:

to love the servile sycophant of a dog?

Or the freethinking paws

of a cat? 

 

V

 

Silky slits for eye. 

impatient, cunning—

fangs of power—

the cat dominates, 

and I submit. 

 

We all submit. 

VI

 

Dogs have pulled sleds,

hunted and done 

our dirty work, deeds:

to toil and sweat and die!

Cats have 

been god and goddesses, 

infallible ferocious felines—

free.

VII

 

I love a cat 

because I love rebellion 

 

VIII

 

Somewhere 

an ecosystem is thriving.

The outdoor cat must be

slaughtering to change this fact 

IX

 

A cat 

and independence 

are one. 

A cat and a lion and a tiger 

are one. 

A cat and a lion and a tiger 

and independence 

are one. 

X

Unfettered by rules 

of mere mortals

a cat plays 

with its prey. 

XI

 

Bastest trumps Anubis 

Bastet so beautiful! 

Full breasts and knowledge— 

A cat is more a masterpiece 

than the pyramids of Giza 

XII

 

The corpulent kitty

crashed

on the couch

its

capricious, captious claws,

alien eyes,

bewitching heart

decide

if you are worthy of love .

XIII

 

The cat flicks its tail

and walks through the garden

into the opening

with a dead rodent in mouth,

which it drops near the front door—

it saunters back 

into the forest. 

Sebastian Correa is pursuing his MFA in Fiction at Southern Connecticut State University. Despite being a student of fiction, Sebastian loves to write poetry and songs and creations that exist within the intersection of prose and verse.

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