Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Cats -

Recently I read that there is healing purpose in the purring of cats, that it heals bones.  I wonder now if it serves the same purpose as chanting, reaching to unite.

Now, I come across this poem by Coleman Barks called "Purring."   He says the poem is about the nature of poetry.


The internet says science is not sure how cats purr,
    probably a vibration of the whole larynx,
        unlike what we do when we talk.  Less

likely, a blood vessel moving across the chest wall.
    As a child I tried to make every cat
        I met purr. That was one of the early

miracles, the stroking to perfection. Here's something
    I've never heard: a feline purrs in
        two conditions, when deeply content and when

mortally wounded, to calm themselves, readying for the
    death-opening. The low frequency
        evidently helps to strengthen bones and

heal damaged organs. Say poetry is a human purr, vessel
    mooring in the chest, a closed-mouth
        refuge, the feel of a glide through dying: one

winter morning on sunny chair inside this only body,
    a faroff inboard moterboat
        sings the empty room, urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    - Coleman Barks


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