Aliens and Predators
A toxoplasma parasite has commandeered a rat
reprogramming the rodent's brain:
‘Take me to a cat'.
The rat has stowed aboard a ship, the galley cat's domain.
After a chat and playful pat
the rat's politely slain.
A foreign port with fishy smells attracts the cat to shore
where greedy feline eyes espy
a rainbow hued macaw.
Sidetracked to the jungle fringe where bearings fall awry,
it hesitantly lifts a paw
as evening blacks the sky.
Moonless, clouded, thickly foliaged jungle presses tight.
The crawling floor's a restless bed.
The wide-eyed cat's contrite.
Coiled above, a viper's membraned pits sense infrared.
It scans the cat's warm inner light
and slips by overhead.
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