As heard on the latest PDAIS podcast (episode 17), my contribution to our Slam Poetry segment. Enjoy!
If you’d like to hear me perform it, here’s the link: http://profdave.libsyn.com/pdais-017
‘More scared of you than you are of them.’
Stella, nose pointed, tail poised, legs primed for action
Nudges the blinds, opening…revealing
A hole in the screen, too tempting for this fine fellow, fatal mistake
There in the corner he wriggles— squirmed his way from predator to prey
The chase is on!
Advantage Stella, sharp senses, whiskers, clever paws, tail to twitch
Me—with my weaker weapons, plastic cups and panic,
Both of us hoping to capture
He, in desperation, dodging under the desk, diving
From kindness and cruelty
A capture! Triumphal procession to the living room.
Not emperor’s mercy but a tyrant queen’s humor
A game to her
Run, little fellow, run
Me, stricken in two minds: save the doomed one,
and please God don’t let it run across my feet!
Then sudden…. Success! Offering the panicked one
Ok… the other panicked one…
An alternative to paws and claws and jaws
Look, a nice cup.
Clapping the other atop it—no climbing out, please…. Please
Rushing out to the garden
Toppling the fellow over the fence—safety maybe in the ferns
Throwing out the cups—I know I’ll never be able to use them again.
Stella, sadly, tracing where the games had been
Longing for bygones.