Diane Hine (25 July 1956)
Aliens and Predators
Toxoplasma parasite has seized control of rat,
redirecting rodent's brain,
‘Take me to a cat'.
Rat has infiltrated ship, the galley cat's domain.
Post a chat and playful pat,
rat's politely slain.
Foreign port with fishy smells entices cat to shore.
Greedy feline eyes espy,
rainbow hued macaw.
Sidetracked to the jungle fringe where bearings fall awry,
hesitantly lifts a paw,
evening blacks the sky.
Moonless, clouded, thickly foliaged jungle presses tight.
Crawling floor's a restless bed,
wide-eyed cat's contrite.
Coiled above, a viper's membraned pits sense infrared.
Scans the cat's warm inner light,
slips by overhead.
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