September 19, 2003
FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING....I don't know what Inkblot is peering
at. Probably a dust mote or something. Jasmine is most likely staring
at a hummingbird about to make a strafing pass.
BONUS CATS: Alan Schussman, who expresses some doubts about the whole
pet blogging thing, and who doesn't even own a cat anyway, nonetheless
brings us his own Cat Blogging: Frijole Negro, proud wearer of a cat-sized ten-gallon hat. Really.
Bill Sjostrom has the latest photo updates of Mazal, who's looking healthy and happy these days. Healthy enough to take ownership of the dog's doghouse, anyway.
And finally, courtesy of John Bailey, we have some cat poetry, "The helping of cats":
Posted by Kevin Drum at September 19, 2003 11:41 AM
Today we have the helping of the cats.
Yesterday we had the small upchuck on the carpet
and noisy fur-ball production on the path, but today,
today we have the helping of the cats.
Helping to photograph roses in the garden,
identifying the best angle by sitting on it.
Helping to clean the table, moving dust with a furry tail
from there to another place, where a duster won't reach.
Helping to trim the evening casserole meat
with such eager eyes, watching every knife-snick,
questioning the suitability of each piece for the pot,
each piece that would surely be better inside a cat.
Yesterday, we had a hindrance of cats but today,
happily, today we have the helping of the cats.
On "The helping of cats", my parents had a cat a while back who
insisted on sleeping on any new object brought into the house. It didn't
matter whether it was something with a horizontal surface or not. If my
father bought a new television, the cat would drape herself over the
top and fall asleep.
Perhaps she was risking her own life to insure that the suspicious object wasn't dangerous.
On helpful cats, our two keep kindly bringing us small critters from
the garden (mice, moles, sometimes rabbits) to share with us for
breakfast. Nice to have members of the household willing to contribute
But seriously, every family needs to get a certain amount of laying
around accomplished, and I don't knwo how we would manage it without our
When you post a link, I love to see how Mazel is doing. But I just
can't read that blog myself. Thanks for the updates - he's lucky
Shouldn't it be "help of the cats"? "Helping of the cats" just
sounds like part of a meal from "The Gallery of Regrettable Food."
I knew there was an echo in here somewhere...
Naming of Parts
by Henry Reed
Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And today we have naming of parts.
This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.
This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.
And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.
They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For today we have naming of parts.
My cats don't help so much as they "supervise." For some reason,
Victoria thinks housework is fascinating--she'll even stick around to
watch vacuuming, which is unusual feline behavior. On the other hand, I
suppose her habit of sitting directly in front of the computer monitor
CR beat me to it. Hats off, and what a beautiful poem, like its reworking. Nice catty post and thread.
OK, here's some Baudelaire, a great cat poet:
Viens, mon beau chat, sur mon coeur amoureux;
Retiens les griffes de ta patte,
Et laisse-moi plonger dans tes beaux yeux,
Meles de metal et d'agate.
Lorsque mes doigts caressent a loisir
Ta tete et ton dos elastique,
Et que ma main s'enivre du plaisir
De palper ton corps electrique,
Je vois ma femme en esprit. Son regard,
Comme le tien, aimable bete,
Profond et froid, coupe et fend comme un dard,
Et, de ses pieds jusques a la tete,
Un air subtil, un dangereux parfum
nagent autour de son corps brun.
Les amoureux fervents et les savants austeres
Aiment eegalement, dans leur mure saison,
Les chats puissants et doux, orgueil de la maison,
Qui comme eux sont frileux et comme eux sedentaires.
Amis de la science et de la volupte,
Ils cherchent le silence et l'horreur des tenebres;
L'Erebe les eut pris pour ses coursiers funebres,
S'ils pouvaient au servage incliner leur fierte.
Ils prennent en songeant les nobles attitudes
Des grands sphinx allonges au fond des solitudes,
Qui semblent s'endormir dans un reve sans fin;
Leurs reins feconds sont pleins d'etincelles magiques,
Et des parcelles d'or, ainsi qu'un sable fin,
Etoilent vaguement leurs prunelles mystiques.
"Les Fleurs du mal." There's also a longer one. He liked cats.
What kind of cat is the cat on the right? I was thinking of getting a cat of the type on the right picture.
Thanks cat lovers.
Do you mean the breed? There's no telling. Jasmine is just your basic pet shelter mongrel.
Her coloring is brown tabby, if that's what you're asking about....
I got into the cat blogging act, too. One of my cats had five kittens
about three weeks ago. Three of them died. It was horrible. The two
that lived are doing very well now, although I thought it was touch and
go that first week. Got pix up today and last Friday.
My favorite cat poem is from Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the
Lamb", text by Christopher Smart, written while in an insane asylum:
For I will consider my cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the living God.
Duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance
Of the glory of God in the East
He worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body
Seven times round with elegant quickness.
For he knows that God is his saviour.
For God has bless'd him
In the variety of his movements.
For there is nothing sweeter
Than his peace when at rest.
For I am possessed of a cat,
Surpassing in beauty,
From whom I take occasion
To bless Almighty God.
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