#NaPoWriMo Entry #12: “Temples”

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Today’s NaPo poem was not actually inspired by the picture in this post.  Rather, it was inspired by some random thoughts I have about cats, which includes thinking of them as slave masters.  The poem isn’t explicitly humorous, though.

In any case, here’s the poem (feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or a link to your own NaPo entry):

Bow before your master…
I dream the sun swept me away on a cruel wind tide
with twisted fingers of porous stone creaking
and graceful sunbolt hands lifting me to a heaven
                                  yet written in the histories.
Not Death’s vision, but the serene whisper
                                  of a higher plane.
The cats known the place by its temples,
where they collude to one day return
with men clipped at their feet —
                                  No, paws.  Claws.
Terrible the feeling of loss, but the cats
are emperors in their minds and they have
no dreams but those they bring back (in black)
                                  to the old Empire.
Rule, Britannia.  Britannia rules the waves…
Perhaps it should be Catannia rules the graves.
Or perhaps it’s a pernicious psychosis
which explains my distrust of cats.
(Or, they are truly up to no good, 
clambering on clawed limbs in nostalgic obsession).
How alike, the cats and empire,
ever so sure of themselves, sure of me
                                  sure of the winter bones
                                  left behind by their soon-armies.
My mother says I have an over-reactive imagination
(or is it hyperactive, like a feline enemy),
but to read between the lines of my dreams
                                  tells me “Doom.”
The tricksters have finally come to play…

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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