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Kyle Hemmings

Cat People #4

if you want to bebop with me,
you'll have to get up
on the downbeat,
raise the hump
on the catwalk,
angora pouty,
singapura smirk.
let's weave and bobtail
in this club
of city strays
and some out-of-town
ringed robins
those day jobs of neutering night
but under stobe lights
bare nipple is all the rage.

Perk up to all the words
the DJ spins for us:
sun hat, fat cat,
hellcat, requiescat
scaredy-cat, Magnificat,
copycat. I love you, silly cat.

by the time the lights go on,
we'll be wrapped
in each other's fur
chancing the backalleys
of marble-still Abysinnian eyes
tiny flashlights
into the void of morning
streets of furball and phantom wind
catty hookers cracking over a lost shoe
slow dancer hungover mist.

©2011 by Kyle Hemmings

: Kyle Hemmings is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs (Flutter Press). He lives and writes in New Jersey.

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