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Consider Our Cats

Posted by djingodjango on Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Behold the Cat and the Vacuum

© 2012 George Locke

Consider the cat confronted with the vacuum.

No.  Not the storied emptiness of space - which is not empty but is in fact

The Cement which holds Gods bricks together.

Nor the soaring empty dirigible hanger between the ears of some of our

Feline Friends, waiting for the air-ship of Godot.

It will never arrive.

But consider the cat confronted with the grand-children of Ives McGaffery

Who visited upon this planet the first "hand sweeper" in 1869.

Not of plastic, nor with motor- but a device made of canvas wires and strings

And pumped by hand to relieve the carpet.

No. But consider my cats when the cleaning device (Hoover the surname) bubbles and

Thumps from the closet under the stairs and is turned on.

The black one. Sleek and a-slink after mice in her dreams

The one who careens madly about the house twice a day.

Like the clock-work of a mad toy-maker.

Who lands atop the back of my chair from her perch on a hutch - the Everest of furniture - and startles me into a state of hyper-shock.

Who suddenly awakens to the harsh announcement that the Hoover is in the building

With eyes and fur a-fright, and with seemingly a millions legs, she scuttles

From the room

Did she foresee her doom in the jaws of the yammering sucker?

Or was it just the primal noise that sent her up the stairs?

Never to return until said dragon was tucked away safely in her cave.

Why does the larger ball of oddly patterned fun

Pippin by name (Part of the Hobbit race and of the Fellowship) simply look up from her perch

High atop the Masters chair

Yawn and go back to sleep?

“What an ultra- maroon” she will say (a quote from Daffy) to her black friend later, Rowan – named for a Norse-like

Queen in LOTR) “The thing can’t hurt you. The master holds it in sway and lashes it to

That post within the wall.”  And she will amble off, laughing to herself

Later to throw up on a rug. Or in a shoe. Or someplace unseen until

Prowling about the house later - we step in it

With bare feet.

Yes. Consider the cat and the vacuum.


© 2012 George Locke

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