Thursday, May 17, 2012

Letting the cat out

Jobs joy as Ellesmere Port's Vauxhall plant is saved
Chester Chronicle, 17 May 2012

We scraped aside the mud
that the intervening month
had made of all the turned earth
we had piled on the mound.

Before disinterring
the box, we stopped and listened
for scratching, for mewing,
for any kind of sound.

Two of us straddled the pit
with a fingertip grip on the rim
of the lid, and heaved the box out
with a slurping birthing squelch.

Expecting a stench we rubbed oil of cloves
under our noses and let the cat out.

(c) 2012 Slush poet

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