Thursday, 23 May 2013

Fate, Fortune and . . . Cat


The day was most peculiar
in that, 
events unfolded -

(so many, many years ago, now) 
like a child’s paper fortune teller -
flipping past colors and numbers to
a completely unanticipated end.

* * *

Marcella, was feeling blue 
and unloved (other than by her cat – 
that, she occasionally lamented seemed fated to be
her only male company
. . . ever).

And so . . . the rest of us,
naturally, endeavored
to cheer her up with liquid depressants.

(What are friends for - when you're young and green?)

Colleen, was sure:
the Number Seven Bus
was the quickest way to the bar scene.

But she was wrong (wrong and lost)
and so, we got off, finally conceding:

there wasn't a lot of point in proceeding. 

A rumble of thunder boomed like an omen
as a big yellow taxi appeared out of no where . . .
under the white-knight luminescent moon-struck light
and stopped - steaming cozily, in the night air.

Marcella, flopped,
(in a fretting heap into the back seat),
amidst the claps and clashes - in a weeping meltdown
freaking out about her cat 
(alone in the thunder) shaking, terrified,
underneath her bed

as the young driver smiled, sympathetically, at her
and said:

I have a cat.
* * *
 
Naturally, they lived happily ever after,
after that:
(kid after kid and cat after cat.)

* * *

The right time, the right place - (there's no doubt about that).

And thunder and moonlight:
Fate, fortune and . . . . . . . . . . cat.

Notes:   Finding love is, so often, I think, about fate, fortune and that certain mysterious something (what ever it is).  Cats have played a major role for centuries in folklore, mythology, magic and fates and fortunes and I thought I’d have a little fun with those cat superstitions - having witnessed, many times, the affection cat lovers have for their cats, all things cat, and all people who love cats.

A paper fortune teller is a form of origami used in a children's fortune-telling game. A player asks a question, and the fortune teller answers by manipulating the origami (which they have colored, numbered and assigned fortunes to) as they spell out the letters of the color selected or count out the number selected until a fortune is picked out of the final numbers. 

photo:  Fate, Fortune and Cat - W. Bourke

© 2013 Wendy Bourke  

1 comment:

  1. What a fun story to read, made me smile! Your poem reminded me again of that bond between cat and owner and made me miss having a cat. I remember those paper fortune tellers too, those are fun!

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