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Poem: "Ghost Mittens"
This poem is from the October 13, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by nekomata and is about ... a nekomata! You can read about this Japanese creature on the Obakemono Project. At heart, a monster cat is still a cat. This poem was sponsored by dormouse_in_tea.


Ghost Mittens



By day the funeral parlor is a peaceful place.
It smells of lilies, and the lights are low,
and tasteful music plays in the background.
A gray cat with two white paws and a curiously forked tail
sleeps serenely on the rose-printed couch.

By night the funeral parlor is not so quiet
when the cat slips her white mittens onto a man’s corpse
and watches the ghostly tom rise from the dead flesh.
She leads him on a wild romp through the wilting lilies and,
in the morning, pretends innocence.

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miintikwa From: miintikwa Date: October 15th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's really fun! :D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 15th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I figured, cats with magical powers are still cats. Utterly amoral and with a love of mayhem that knows no bounds, except perhaps the edge of a cozy sunbeam.
miintikwa From: miintikwa Date: October 16th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Makes sense to me. :)
fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 17th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Mr. Mephistopheles?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 17th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)

*laugh*

Yeah, I'm a T.S. Elliot fan.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 17th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

Ah. I never read that. I was thinking of the play "Cats." Which I also never saw.
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