Cat Killer (2015)
©2015 by Dallas Denny
Source: Denny, Dallas. (2015). Cat killer. Unpublished poem.
It was a confirmed killer of cats, her 1976 Nova.
It stood in her driveway
being all kinds of irresistible
to cats of all stripes.
They would disappear under the hood
and when she would start the car to go to work
there would be a thunk and a cat would fall out,
dead from disembowelment or a broken neck.
She learned to beat on the hood with a broom
and honk the horn before starting the car
but cats continued to tumble to the ground
like feline falling stars.
Lord knows she tried
but she was unable to save their lives
and the car didn’t want to.