cats’ night out

it’s cats’ night out

a dapper gent in dinner suit
with crisp white breast 
and silver silk
peruses my arrival.

seductresses in shades of black
slink by walls
and lounge in gardens

the overfed
with ruffled coats
stand watch
they want but cannot have

my headlights catch a flicker
of those that dart
who keep their business
in the shadows
and out of sight

it’s cats’ night out
lock up your dependency
your clinging needs
your clumsy
and your weak

lock up your dogs
it’s cats’ night out

let out your cat
let it wander stealthily
the night
let it step noiselessly through fences
and under eaves

let it dress up
and start out
and fear nothing,
it’s cats’ night out


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