My cats

2014/04/19 in Cats & writers

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I know. I know.
They are limited, have different
needs and concerns.
But I watch and learn from them.
I like the little they know,
which is so much.
They complain but never worry,
they walk with a surprising dignity.
They sleep with a direct simplicity that
humans just can’t understand.
Their eyes are more beautiful than our eyes.
And they can sleep 20 hours a day without
hesitation or remorse.
When I am feeling low all I have to do is
watch my cats and my courage returns.
I study these creatures.
They are my teachers.

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Charles Bukowski

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Fredegond Shove

2014/04/12 in Cats & writers

Fredegond Shove, 1889–1949, lived with many cats and mentions a tabby in one of her more famous poems. Good work Fredegond, good work.

 

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

2014/04/10 in Cats & writers

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s oldest know poem is about cats. When he couldn’t find inspiration to write another poem about cats he drowned himself and was cremated on the beach. At least that is how we interpret it.

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Verses On A Cat

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I.

A cat in distress,
Nothing more, nor less;
Good folks, I must faithfully tell ye,
As I am a sinner,
It waits for some dinner
To stuff out its own little belly.

II.

You would not easily guess
All the modes of distress
Which torture the tenants of earth;
And the various evils,
Which like so many devils,
Attend the poor souls from their birth.

III.

Some a living require,
And others desire
An old fellow out of the way;
And which is the best
I leave to be guessed,
For I cannot pretend to say.

IV.

One wants society,
Another variety,
Others a tranquil life;
Some want food,
Others, as good,
Only want a wife.

V.

But this poor little cat
Only wanted a rat,
To stuff out its own little maw;
And it were as good
Some people had such food,
To make them hold their jaw!

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Zoya Chernakov

2014/04/09 in Paintings

Russian painter Zoya Chernakov sometimes paints dogs. I guess no one is perfect. Except if you’re a cat. Cats are perfect.

Thanks to Therése Mellby for letting us know know about Zoya.

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Édouard Manet

2014/03/14 in Paintings

Édouard Manet was an impressionist. That means he tried to impress cats all the time… by painting… lots of cats.

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Get dressed for success

2014/03/03 in Cats & designers / Consumption

Here is one designer who knows what we want.

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Andy Warhol

2014/03/01 in Cats and artists

“In the future, everyone will have at least 15 cats”

Or something like that…

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Andy Warhol with Cat

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Well, well, well

2014/02/20 in Cats & writers

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Jean-Paul Sartre insisted that existence precedes essence but we all see that cats are so not part of that philosophy.

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Wisława Szymborska

2014/02/17 in Cats & writers

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Here’s a lady who loved cats, one can tell from the poem Cat in an empty apartment - one does not do that!

Die—you can’t do that to a cat.
Since what can a cat do
in an empty apartment?
Climb the walls?
Rub up against the furniture?
Nothing seems different here
but nothing is the same.
Nothing’s been moved
but there’s more space.
And at nighttime no lamps are lit.

Footsteps on the staircase,
but they’re new ones.
The hand that puts fish on the saucer
has changed, too.

Something doesn’t start
at its usual time.
Something doesn’t happen
as it should.
Someone was always, always here,
then suddenly disappeared
and stubbornly stays disappeared.

Every closet’s been examined.
Every shelf has been explored.
Excavations under the carpet turned up nothing.
A commandment was even broken:
papers scattered everywhere.
What remains to be done.
Just sleep and wait.

Just wait till he turns up,
just let him show his face.
Will he ever get a lesson
on what not to do to a cat.
Sidle toward him
as if unwilling
and ever so slow
on visibly offended paws,
and no leaps or squeals at least to start.

When in Kórnik, Poland, you are invited to pause for a moment and relax with Szymborska and her cat.

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Book buddies

2014/02/11 in Book Store Cats / Library cats

Yes, cats increases your intellect.

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Best reading program ever?

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Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may come into The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County, Pennsylvania to read to the cats in the shelter.

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