My own Personal Animal Kingdom
Trapped between a rock and a hard spot
I did what any self-respecting jackrabbit would do
I began to jump up and down as high as I could: up and down in one spot
The disoriented raptor plummeted towards me but missed the mark
Disorient and deflect
Rabbit wisdom; I like to eat like a rabbit
Rabbit serenity; the Zen of twilight at Discovery Park
The trick is to also know the way of the cat
She who knows when to run, when to turn and stand her ground or roll on her back and eviscerate
Sometimes jump up and down (rabbits do very well at job interviews by the way and taking tests with essay questions.
Cats do not tolerate interviews or 9-5 anything.
Although crow like in my shopping habits especially in metaphysical bead shops,
I’ve been know to salamander around Belltown craving chocolate and
Squinting at poetry that I’ve written on post-its
with a blunt Ticonderoga
Until my amphibian disdain for dank weather renders me so sluggish that I drag myself into the nearest fire with hopes of reanimation and mocha.
My inner cat however continues to stalk me
She and I are one; I become the midnight invisibility of my desires.
Running off to join the circus; it’s Saturday night and the big top is full
I am a composed study of flame colored spandex and sequenced georgette
My eyes are orange and I do not have velvet paws
Ladies and gentlemen introducing Sylvia Mahlkinfire
The only flying trapeze-contortionist-magician in the universe!
I work a hundred feet in the air with a flaming net below
You won’t see me jump up and down in one place
I am the dark side of the moon, don’t make me angry mars is in retrograde
I’ve been dancing with the cobras since the equinox
Oh man, can I spit far
I purr as I fly tooth and claw over head
You may throw large bills at my feet
And if you must throw Damascus rose petals make sure that they are red
I levitate upon a pearlescent sphere to the sunlit side of a total eclipse.
Day dreaming about being one with my inner cat.
Sigh…what would be like to run off to Bohemia and join the circus?