You know domestic cats,
self-sufficient ones
But some cats defy what you know
Lost cats will seek comfort

In the neighborhood lives one Cat
Lost in body, lost in mind,
Lost to sex and lost to drugs
Squandered, wasted and miserable
This undefined cat is hunted, marked and remains
Lost—and blue

Who where what–end, when this Cat
Can’t define the abuse that it’s been through.
Can’t define what it is–
Sister or brother
Dark or light
Night for day, day for night
Trades sex for relief to the curious
And ends
Depressed, addicted, abused
One more try to start anew
Hard to do
Every time so hard to do

© Gay Reiser Cannon * All Rights Reserved


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