The Factory Songs of Mr. Toad


In addition to his political writings, Martin Glaberman was also a published poet. Here is an example of his work.


Wildcat I


A most practical cat.


Walking silently on padded feet

Unseen, unheard

Power concentrated

in a compact body


Lean, lithe, less

in appearance

Than the explosive leap,

periodic culmination

of growing power

of growing hunger


Amber, black, mottled, gold.

All colors help to hide

its invisible path


Slowly it climbs and waits

on limb

on cliff

on overhang


All right, Buddy

Let's not get romantic.

Shut her down and let's go


A most practical cat



The Factory Songs of Mr. Toad, Detroit: Bewick/ed, 1994


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