Shirley Wright – Incarnation

My next incarnation

Next time round, I’m coming back
as one of my cats.

Aristotle believed in the transmigration of souls;
a sound idea when you consider, say,
……………..the viper,
then think of politicians.

If animals can attain to human kind,
then why not the reverse?

I’d love to float in a sailing boat
all the way to the feline dreaming,
emigrate to the benign autocracy
…..of fur and purr
……….and deep, sensual
…………..self.
To switch off election broadcasts
…….and lie all day by the fire’s glow,
…………..know
…………….paradise.

Dogs have masters, cats have staff –
then there’s my lot

with acolytes
to worship at their feet,
…….another

neat idea …
…………which might catch on.

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Formerly a French teacher based in Bristol, Shirley Wright now writes poetry and fiction. Her poems are widely published in, for example, The Interpreter’s House, The French Literary Review, The Sunday Telegraph, and her collection “The Last Green Field” came out in 2013 with Indigo Dreams.