In the lab there was a cat. Its head shaved bare,
and sticking out of a wad of putty was a wire.
When the cat saw Rachel come in, it jumped.
Only it didn't land on all fours, as most cats do.
It hit a cabinet drawer and fell on its side.
And Rachel wants to know
what good is a cat like that.
Every day she bikes by the Masonic Cancer Hospital,
chain grease blackening her nurse’s scrub pants.
Today she saw a face in a window on the second floor,
It was looking out at her, then pulled the drapes shut.
A big exam is on the way
and she's missed her period
and the cab driver neighbor upstairs plays Sonny Rollins
late at night, and nothing she says makes any difference.
I don't understand it, she starts crying one day,
why do people want to be mothers.