—”Civilization” is the soothing notion that, in it, natural
callousness has been successfully quarantined.  —Roshi Bob

A cat on the center pillow of a couch

looks out through windows facing south
with the fierce frustration of an indoor cat
who preys through glass

The squalor of first spring just after the snow has passed
fills her gaze, pierces drabness for anything that moves
beyond the breezy animation of pine limbs and spruce:

quick jerk or dart of something sentient on the loose
which, unlike a couch cat, lives with the threat of spacious freedom,
in the wind, on the prowl without the leash of civil cover,
who scuttles among the hungry with a life only as long as its cunning
who’s liberty is only cramped by the cunning liberty of others

Jim Culleny


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