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The Felinus Age

The Felinus Age
is drawing to its close;
Gunwald cutting down considerably
on eating;
birds & mice free of fear
and cat food left untouched
that used to be gulped in a jiffy;
the whiskered & clawed retreating
onto the water heater in under the sink unit,
after vomiting on the hall floor
as if in a ceremonial cleansing,
remaining still under the sink
as the Buddha himself under the Bodhi tree,
like he's attained Enlightenment

Ram Narayan plays his sarangi
in the long, winding lamentations
of Rag Bhupal Tori & Rag Patdip
on a Nimbus recording from 1988,
while the fire wheezes & crackles,
playing its pile of wood
in the living room stove downstairs,
my muffled heartbeat up here
in the bedroom's Great Ship of Dreams
bouncing its tabla mimicry;
the world outside holding its chilly breath
at -19°C,
the three equine beings
- Tinker Moses, Shetland Pony Tornado
& Gotland Pony Russin -
standing close together
out in the snowy pasture, dozing off
after their morning hay feast,
not in the slightest affected by the early winter chill

I grieve Gunwald the Cat prematurely,
Ram Narayan's bow stroking my nerves
as I sense my furred longtime friend's oncoming demise,
the woodpecker knocking its irregular bursts
on the house on the hill,
mixing its rhythms from without
with Suresh Talwalkar's ferocious pointillism
my life a soundboard in which I lie,
old & weary
in my mountain hike sleeping bag
that makes obsolete any temperature concerns,
until I've gotten myself together enough
to go out to the 1967 wood burner
in the garage building, to convince it
to distribute its hot water in the pipings' circular motion
through all the radiators in the main building,
pulling off our excess woollen sweaters in the process,
as I remain fully aware of the terms & conditions
under which this intermittent adventure
we call life
performs its wonders

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Publicerad 2023-11-16 11:24

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