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Black Cat

October 24, 2011

(click: hear the voice behind the words)

This poem is  included in my book,

 “I Have His Letters Still”, Poetry of Everyday Life. 

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A black cat crosses no path by coincidence.
It searches for its prey, as meticulously
as the lion tracks the wildebeest, circles
then runs it down.

The gatto nero understands its role.
Select one each day – for whom
normal misfortune is insufficient.
Then predict, for no predictable cause,
a tragedy indelibly etched on the mind
by the vision of the cat,
in the pathway of life.

Why stalk its victims? “Why not”, it answers.
This widely held secret –
it succeeds less that 25% of the time.
Batting average .249.

The coincidence of circumstances – not whom the cat chooses,
but whether it is lucky to have chosen someone
whom fate elects to notice that day.

As for the cat, its reputation precedes it.
Little does the world note its failings.
People consider themselves lucky
to have avoided the divination -
to talk about it further would be bad karma.

Ray Brown

3 Comments leave one →
  1. edieangelo permalink
    August 4, 2009 3:47 am

    So busy trying to survive financially I barely get to read but this one caught my eye and I love it….very perceptive and such a parable of life!!!

  2. Ray Brown permalink*
    August 4, 2009 4:37 am

    Thank you Edie for continuing to take the time to read. I am appreciative.

    Something intrigued me about this poem as well. I am glad it appealled to you.


  3. November 1, 2010 11:57 am

    Liked the part about the cat selecting its prey of fate…nice twist…brought to mind the musical “Cats”.

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