|EGYPTIAN BLACK CAT GODDESS
CHRIST HEAD, HINTON ST MARY
||EGYPTIAN BLACK CAT GODDESS
You remember every cat in Egypt
stretched out on ruined lintels at Bubastis,
their gold eyes unblinking in sun,
languid, immobile, but waiting to guide you
with tails pointing like hieroglyphs
to Bastet’s temple in tawny sands.
With your cats you waited until dark
for a moon which hunts like a falcon
and outraces any desert shadow
unwilling to yield to its luminous eye.
Only you could make all cats dance
in a circle around your veiled figure.
No doubt they recognized you too,
since you share their feline nature
and their cool hypnotic love
and are normally just as aloof, until
a cow’s creamy milk makes you purr
like a sistrum in Hathor’s hands.