Steve Klepetar

Excuse Me

But one thing you’ll never hear from a cat is ‘Excuse me.’
Nor Einstein’s famous theorem.

Jane Hirshfield

No, but if it could move
at something approaching

the speed of light,
you might see a red glow

in August, or green as it fell
to the bottom

of some extraterrestrial sea,
even if you couldn’t tell,

until you looked,
whether the cat was alive or dead.

Steve Klepetar agrees that “an aged man in but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick unless soul clap its hands and sing for every tatter in its mortal dress.”