Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Cat Named Shaft (Shaft Challenge)

Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about?
Right On!
--Isaac Hayes

A male cat struts to the blare
of a golden trumpet and an Afro-
beat, past the motorcycle cop
on the street near the bar,

then right on toward a hot female
cat. He leads her toward a backyard
fence, right on past a backyard
brawl—right on!

As a trumpet blares to an Afro-beat,
our cat yells out, “What’s this danger
all about?” The lesser kitties run and
hide. But our feline hero walks right on

toward a burglar with a loaded gun.
Then bang! and bam! and a human’s
dead. But a male cat and his woman—
arm in arm—go into the night,

keep moving past a trumpet
blare, keep swaying with an Afro-beat.
“Ain’t no danger ’bouta stop me, girl!
Otherwise shouldn’ta named a cat Shaft!”

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