Progress of a Kind

Ghost cat stuck in a tree
Only living humans to rescue her.
Stuck in a tree crying softly
Nothing has an afterlife but her.
Crying softly contradictory
Should the living pity her?
Contradictory dead cat purr.
Living pity dying horribly:
Dead cat argument still astir,
Dying horribly not quite over.
Vets and clergy fight about her
Not quite over symbolically:
Is she more or is she fewer?
Over symbolically or anomaly?
I’ll fight for either, sir.
Anomaly, doesn’t want to be:
Her purr is pain – jumps, climbs air
Want to be no more, at last is free
Floating cloud-ward simply gossamer
Bound at last for who knows where,
Unmade.

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