Pat Francis has poems in ARTEMISpoetry, Frogmore Papers, South and South Bank Poetry. ‘Recalling London East’ was published by Paekakariki Press during lockdown. “Ambition: to keep writing next year, when I’m 90.”
fifteen of them
much of a muchness.
They’ll do said the lab boys.
With care one cat
Don’t let them get fond of it said the chief scientist.
The electrodes inserted
looked like a little space-helmet.
Good publicity said the press boys.
The space cat floated
for five minutes,
Success! gloated the headlines.
They watched to see
if the capsule would burn
Lucky this time said the scientists.
The cat landed
the crowd cheered
the scientists bowed.
Felicette the Space Cat! gloated the press boys.
They waited two months
for people to forget her
then dissected her brain.
For the sake of humanity said the scientists.
Recalling London East, illustrated by Jane Colling, 2020, Paekakariki Press, ISBN 978-1-9081334-1-0, £12.50
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