Cat Hopes

Photgrapher: Shizuo Kambayashi

Thousands of cats

glibly stare

at the desperate humans

yearning for good luck

 

What can possibly exist

in these china felines

that could shape lives?

 

If only such inanimate objects

could halt poverty, war, racism

Even, on a lesser scale,

unemployment, arguments, waste

 

Irrational human hankerings

bestowed upon icons

in the absurd hope

of life altering actions

 

Irony exists

in their placement

surrrounding a statue

of the goddess of mercy

 

A simple act of kindness

may well achieve more

than the cats

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