Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

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.

Submitted: Monday, June 18, 2012
Edited: Sunday, January 19, 2014

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Chuck Audette (7/18/2012 12:09:00 PM)

    Clever use of the movie title to talk of creatures strange and scary. Toxoplasmosis, ick. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,130 Points Valerie Dohren (6/19/2012 10:16:00 AM)

    Poor old kitty - not a cat lover myself, but I do love birds so do I read correctly that he didn't get the parrot? Interesting write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 248 Points Captain Cur (6/19/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    I liked the alien logic directing this poem.
    How many poems start with the word toxoplasma.
    Funny, swift, innovative! No one knows where this
    is going except perhaps cat will get his.
    I won't tell Ripley. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 76 Points Danny Draper (6/19/2012 4:23:00 AM)

    I thought this was going to be about Prometheus. Control of rat - made me think of a lab
    Rat as a control, play on words. Love the final show down. Slips by overhead, so deliciously ambiguous, passes by above or overhea like a mouth consuming a strawberry. I'll take both. Great write Diane. (Report) Reply

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