Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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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.



                           Purring

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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