CONJUNCTIONS:58, Riveted: The Obsession Issue (Spring 2012)
The cat belongs to
Me. The cat belongs
To the house. The cat belongs to
The other cat. The cat
Belongs to itself. The cat
Belongs to the forest. The
Cat belongs to the bird and mouse.
The cat belongs to the mountain lion.
The cat belongs to no one. The cat
Belongs to nothing. The cat belongs
To everyone, everything.
The cat has a name
That I gave it. Everyone knows the cat’s name
Is not its name. It is my name for the cat.
Sometimes the cat refuses to acknowledge
This name and sometimes the cat
Plays along with the life I’ve created for the cat.
Sometimes the cat pretends that it doesn’t live in a realm
Different from the one that the cat and I
Live in together. The cat has needs that must be met
For the cat to live in my house, though most of the cat’s time
Is spent elsewhere. I invite the cat to live with me
So I can perceive some of the “elsewhere”
In which the cat spends much cat time.
The cat shares what I can’t see by maintaining
An existence in my house and by responding to
The name I gave the cat.
I know there will be a moment
In the circuitry of space-time in which the cat will discard
The name and forsake my house for good
And will exist only in the fields
I cannot see without the cat living in my house. On that day,
I might say, “The cat has moved full-time into the wild.”
Or I might say, “Miau-miau has run away.”
The most recent books by Martine Bellen are GHOSTS! (Spuyten Duyvil) and 2X2 (BlazeVOX).