Fancy Cats

Poetry

The fancy leopards move to one side,

the cat ship lists.

The plain cats migrate to the other,

the ship rolls right.

We write lists of the felines,

fancy and plain,

floating on the burnished 

plane of the sea

in the cat ship, 

cast-off ship, 

feline-full, 

split in two by spots,

by blotches,

by rank of fancy

and plain.

Seven cats have stripes,

no spots.

They are etched for slicing

to fit with both groups

and neither.

KB Nelson is a Canadian writer who thrives in the intersection of art and science. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Tiny Spoon, Nourish-Poetry, Sea-To-Sky Review, and Polar Borealis. She currently lives and combs the beach on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast.