Meow! Meow! The black cat wakes me up
in the morning from my dream of night
when I open the window blinds, his eyes
dart forth like arrows from another world.

Old mouse asked "Who's to bell the cat?"—
Cat that in the corner dwells.
Where is the Cat with nine lives
with seven kits going to St. Ives?

Artists cat-lovers— Renoir, Dali, Warhol,
Steinlen, Carrington, and Peter Milton.
Cat-loving writers: Colette, Cocteau,
Dr. Seuss and Edgar Allan Poe.

Black cats perform spells for witches,
Cat's Eye stones make wearers invisible.
Bast the moon goddess is cat-headed,
Freyja's chariot is drawn by cats.

After seeing Egyptian cat statues
in the British Museum, James Joyce said
the ancients had more religious awe than
Christians who had no cats in their Bible.

I'm seeing cats everywhere— on sidewalk
chalk drawings, in shape of cirrus clouds,
on the wall of a student's art exhibit,
and on the Stanford computer I log on!

Is Schroedinger's cat dead or alive?
If Josshu was there, he would have lived.
Ask the Cheshire Cat who confounded
Alice with his Zen-like questions

and before she could answer them
he vanished into the tree with
nothing left except for his grin.
Am I now in with a mad cat?

Look at those eyes— not just a house cat
but the stare of a panther whose darkness
swallows me whole into some stargate—
the window opens— O, I see and see!

          — Peter Y. Chou
              Mountain View, 6-18-2011

Cat in the Tree—
Image of cat eyes
in eucalyptus tree
from my apartment
window in Mountain View