Monday, 24 of November of 2014

Charles Bukowski – Lady & Mountain Lion

http://armedwithvisions.com/audio/DeaneTR&EvanFloryBarnes-Charles_Bukowski-Lady_&_Mountain_Lion.mp3

it was hardly a wilderness area
but it was countryside
and there had been a paucity of
rainfall–also some housing
construction on the
hillsides.

small game was dying out.
the coyotes were the first of
the famished to
arrive
looking for
chickens
cats
anything.

in fact, a group attacked
a man on horseback
tearing his arm
but he
escaped.

then
in a park
there was the lady who
left her car to
go to the public
restroom.

she had closed the stall
door
when she heard a
soft sound,
the stealth of
padded
feet.

then
as she sat there
the mountain lion stuck
his head under the
stall door.

a truly beautiful
animal.

then
the head withdrew, the cat
knocked over a trash can, circled,
emitted a slow
growl.

the lady climbed up
(fear creates abnormal
acts) and sat where
she could watch
the cat.

at once
the cat put his
paws up
on the wash basin
stuck his head in
there
and lapped at a dripping
spigot.

then
he sank
low upon the floor
crouched
facing the doorway

then
zing
was gone
out of there.

then
at last
the lady began
screaming.

when the people
arrived
the cat was nowhere to be
seen.

the story made the
newspapers and the television
stations.

the story that won’t be told is
that the lady
will never go to the bathroom
again
without thinking of a
mountain
lion.

a truly beautiful
animal.

Recording by DeaneTR and Evan Flory-Barnes


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