Academic journal article et Cetera

Three Poems: On the Phenomenon of Communication across Time and Space / Our Impregnable, Uncommunicative Cat / the Rainbow Promise (on the Integrity of Territory)

Academic journal article et Cetera

Three Poems: On the Phenomenon of Communication across Time and Space / Our Impregnable, Uncommunicative Cat / the Rainbow Promise (on the Integrity of Territory)

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ON THE PHENOMENON OF COMMUNICATION ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

Our minds (yours and mine)

meet

in the

now

of this very line:

Our thinkings intertwine

though

we have never met!

And indeed I may be dead, although

you

cannot be (not yet).

Nevertheless, from as far away as even beyond the grave, I conduct your eyes (ears?) (mind?) with these easily-tumbled words balancing like expendable birds on the tightrope of your

brief

attention.

OUR IMPREGNABLE, UNCOMMUNICATIVE CAT

Our impregnable cat,

Protected (also) from fleas and feline distemper,

And provided with ample shelter and delectable foods,

Our cat (relieved of procreation)

Who lives primarily to eat

And knows at whose door her bread is buttered -

Dropped out of sight -

Inexplicably was gone -

For days -

Apparently for ever -

Then reappeared,

Stepped back into line as if not a single beat had been missed-

And would not, could not, and will not EVER tell us where she had been. …

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