That Old Cat
So, whatever happened to that cat of Cy’s?
The one he used to swat with a broom
when it peed in his laundry?
We all used to laugh about it, saying,
now isn’t that just exactly the cat Cy would have,
randy scruffy old tomcat, one ear all torn.
Hell, the real scruffy old tom
was Cy himself.
The cat was more a mouse he had caught
and was slowly frightening to death.
Said he was going to get rid of it, he did,
all those years, but somehow never got around to it.
Damn cat outlived Cy, he did,
and when the neighbors came, to take it to the pound,
it was gone.
Mary Turzillo’s poetry collection, Lovers & Killers, won the 2013 Elgin Award. Sweet Poison, her collaboration with Marge Simon, was a Stoker finalist and won the 2015 Elgin Award. Her novel Mars Girls came out in 2017 from Apex. She lives in Ohio, with her scientist-writer husband, Geoffrey Landis; they both fence internationally.
Geoffrey A. Landis is a poet, a science-fiction writer and a scientist. As a poet, he has won the Rhysling, Dwarf Stars, and Asimov’s Readers Awards. As a SF writer, he has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. As a scientist, he is a Mars scientist and a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts fellow.