A Cat’s Secret Heart
There’s a thing scientists did with cats
because scientists are like that
and the cats played along.
They put cats in a room
and then flooded it with mice.
The cats stalked and pounced and killed
until all the mice were dead.
Then the cats turned on the dead mice
and stalked and pounced
until their appetite for pouncing died
and only stalking was left.
They stalked for a long time
among the dead.
'Cats are, in their hearts, stalkers',
the scientist said.
I've long lived a life flooded with tasks.
I stalked and pounced and killed
for years at a time.
Then the COVID virus locked me down
and I spent weeks stalking tasks
until they were all dead and
I had no energy to pounce.
Still, I wake each day and look
for tasks to stalk.
'Am I, at heart, a stalker?'
I ask my inner-self.
It smiles at me, patiently and says,
'The scientists were looking for stalkers
so that is what they found
but in their hearts,
cats prefer to sit and purr.
Why not try that instead?'
©Mike Finn 2021