I First Saw Ape-Cat Climbing Up the Side of a Building in a Deserted and Derelict District of the City…
Simian and Feline Commingled, a Moonlit Bi-Form Grotesquery
Brute Muscles Shifting Under the Brown Pelt, Blue in the Dark-and-Neon Ambient
Bestial-yet-Wise Green Eyes Shining
Six Stories Up, Astride a Gothic-style Dockside Hotel
Roosting in the Pinnacles and Parapets, a Nightmare
Out of the Ancient Mesopotamian Screaming into the Modern Metropolitan
Ape-Cat is Wondrous Quick!
Ape-Cat Leaps Upon Her Prey!
Ape-Cat strikes! A Thunderbolt!
Crashes Through the Glass
Breaks Up a Coven of Senior Gargoyles
Eleven Devils Met in Malevolence
She Tears Out Throats with Snarling Ferocity and Acrobatic Agility
But the Trap is Sprung On Her!
Lights Out! and a Laugh in the Dark
A Hoarse Whisper in Both Pointed Ears at Once
Then Falling, Clawing Air without Impact
(Falling Up, Falling In )
What You Doing So Far from Home in the Big City, Ape-Cat?
Did the gods Do Their Number On You? Amalgamate and Abandon You?’
‘Who Are You, Lord?’ She Asks in a Guttural Purr
‘The One it is Your Secret Wish to Serve’
‘Ah!’ She Cries
Ape-Cat! (Shocked to Be)
Ape-Cat! Alive and Diving
Twenty Feet Down and Outward
Gunshots Behind Her!
Swiftly Swinging into the Stinging Rain
Down the Iron Fire-ladders
Angling from Alley to Street to Alley
Abruptly into the Cluttered Space Between Buildings
Dogs Baying On Her Trail
Whimper Away at the Sight of Her Blowing a Hissed Kiss
Her Bloody Fur Drenched in The Light
The Light, The Unexpected Light That Night