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Poem for Friday and Camden Sharks

Cat Island
By Thom Gunn

Cats met us at
the landing-place
reclining in the sun
to check us in
with a momentary glance,
of a grassy island.
(Attila's Throne,
the Devil's Bridge,
and "the best Byzantine
church in the world",
long saints admonitory
on kiln-like inner walls.)
And lunch in a shady court
where cats now
systematically worked
the restaurant, table
by table, gazing into eyes
pleading "I'm hungry
and I'm cute", reaching
front paws up to knees
and always getting
before zeroing in
on the next table, same
routine, same result.

Sensible bourgeois
wild-cats working
with the furred impudence
of those who don't pretend
to be other than whores,
they give you not
the semblance of love
but simply
a look at their beauty
in return for food.
Models, not escorts.
They lack, too,
the prostitute's self-pity,
being beyond shame.
And we lack
what they have.


Quickie because I have Skyped with a great many family members until almost midnight, including Daniel (who was very freaked out, as the grandmother of a friend of his was stabbed by a Trump supporter pretty much because she was a Chinese woman in Georgia with an opinion contrary to his) and Maddy's grandparents in New Mexico (who did lots of GOTV calling for Clinton and are as unhappy as we are). Earlier in the day, Maddy and I went shopping at Target with my mom, which was a very successful trip -- we both got cardigans, then Mom had to go so Maddy and I walked to Starbucks to get two-for-one holiday drinks and I caught two Dratini, allowing me to evolve a Dragonite. Sharks from the Camden Aquarium from our trip to Philadelphia last summer:


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