Wednesday 29 August 2018

Cautionary Tails

Inspired by Andrea Cohen's "To an Ant Fallen in the Salt Shaker"

To the Cat who Swallowed a Wasp.

I too have mistaken it
For a fly. Its buzz

Incessant. Its flight
Maze path

Its speed

And the urge

To pursue

The mind cannot
Compete with that.

Common sense
Two steps behind.

But, beware,
If caught up in a chase

That is headlong
That allows no

Time out
That plunges you

On the doomed trail

Of a Pied Piper.
It’s likely that

You may be

If you had
Swallowed a fly

You may have
Come a cropper

But the taste

Would have been
More to your liking.

Copyright with Cathy Leonard 2018

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