February.
Started by Luna, 2nd February 2019 08:26 in Poetry, Books & Writing

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    February


    By Margaret Atwood

    Winter. Time to eat fat
    and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,
    a black fur sausage with yellow
    Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries
    to get onto my head. Itís his
    way of telling whether or not Iím dead.
    If Iím not, he wants to be scratched; if I am
    Heíll think of something. He settles
    on my chest, breathing his breath
    of burped-up meat and musty sofas,
    purring like a washboard. Some other tomcat,
    not yet a capon, has been spraying our front door,
    declaring war. Itís all about sex and territory,
    which are what will finish us off
    in the long run. Some cat owners around here
    should snip a few testicles. If we wise
    hominids were sensible, weíd do that too,
    or eat our young, like sharks.
    But itís love that does us in. Over and over
    again, He shoots, he scores! and famine
    crouches in the bedsheets, ambushing the pulsing
    eiderdown, and the windchill factor hits
    thirty below, and pollution pours
    out of our chimneys to keep us warm.
    February, month of despair,
    with a skewered heart in the centre.
    I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries
    with a splash of vinegar.
    Cat, enough of your greedy whining
    and your small pink bumhole.
    Off my face! Youíre the life principle,
    more or less, so get going
    on a little optimism around here.
    Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring.
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    I liked the parts about the Cat but Death is something that Can Not be Gotten Rid of.


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    It is an allegory, Kino, so in that respect we can be rid of it1

 


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