We went past a road sign the other day
‘Cats Eyes Removed’ it said
It really frightened my daughter
In anxiety she envisioned cruelty
Blind cats everywhere, bumping into things, the slaughter
We told her about Percy Shaw, that Halifax inventor
Who patented the idea in 1934
But I don’t suppose she’ll remember
Out of sight, out of mind.
In our synthetic world around, where thoughts and hopes must drag along
As animals, wounded or blinded
Where feelings easily turn to mush, repeated
I wish supposed facts would not so dominate,
Their graceless gravity crushes the soul
While certain things they force are poisonous.
The escape is there for all
But few are free enough to notice
Out of sight
Out of mind.
Lawrence Freiesleben, Cumbria 2019