perched on the porch rail as the sun goes down.
His disinterest is my fascination.
The moon slipping from the sky is another fascination
of mine, and too, I think, of the gray cat
though he is silent as he shakes himself and jumps down.
You are the one I can't forget, like a book I can't put down
written by a stranger untouched by my fascination
with stories, with you, with the moon and the gray cat.
The gray cat pounces down on shadows; I watch in fascination.
a tritina for fussy little forms with Marian.
this poem is an homage of sorts for one of my favorite poems--"untitled" by Carl Rickert, which appeared in the September 1973 issue of The Speakeasy Culture.
With some trepidation, I am adding Carl's poem here because it is impossible to find and should be read widely, imo. I have tried to search him out to get permission, but after 45 years it's impossible. Carl, if you see this and object, let me know and i will remove it. Again i stress that the following is a poem by CARL RICKERT, not me, but my poem at top is an homage to it and its ideas about gray cats.
"Untitled" by Carl Rickert
No one at all that night
saw the moon drop from the sky,
and a gray cat walking by,
for another gray cat,
because I am the master of the gray cat,
the cat's life,
if you give it to me,
and the gray cat,
The gray cat helps me make my decisions,
decisions on life,
my life and your life,
if that's your desire,
The gray cat has no sense of responsibility,
seeks only pleasure
and other gray cats,
or in the day
if it has that feeling,
but I seek his answer,
perhaps because of that lack of responsibility,
I have that,
for the gray cat,
if you would like,
my life would change,
and the gray cat's,
are born in the moon we watched,
until last night,
when it dropped from the sky,
and only I was the witness,
for the gray cat
save another gray cat,
or the hope of seeing another gray cat,
so you'll have to take my word,
and the fact
that the moon no longer appears,
and that despite the change in my life
I still want you,
waiting of course
to see what the gray cat will say.