9-Lived Cat

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where,
where are you
……….. on the willow-hung swing
……….. in a goldfield of grass?
where,
……….. in the hemlock
……….. straddling the branch just below the top
……….. hands sticky with sap?
are you
……….. sitting on the well-house step
……….. with the lake at your back
……….. remembering a future
……….. of victory or collapse?
are you
……….. on the topmost deck above the bridge
………..gripping the cable-rail fast
……….. exhilarated at how the bow’s pitch feels
……….. spearing a new wave’s gut
……….. as green water breaks over steel
……….. and you feel on your face
……….. the meaning of
……………………………………………. splash?
where,
……….. among zucchini
……….. grubbing for those green and fat
……….. or off in a high in a twelve-string cage
……….. hoping to harmonize with
….……. the strummed truth in that?

where,
……….. still tumbling up a shaft
……….. like a 9-lived cat

Jim Culleny
6/18/18

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