NARY A CAT

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Tomato-coloured Couch 8:00pm

All Other Losses

Seem To Culminate

In The Loss Of A Pet:

down to The Fish Plant I went

in the blowing fog

to look for Cami

& saw nary a cat

only a nice man

who wondered what I wanted

“I’m looking for a lost cat”

“Oh, I’ve had about five people so far

this summer —

one fella even had a picture — ”

believe it or not

a helium balloon

flew

overhead