niedziela, 17 lutego 2013

Happy Cat Day!

Happy Cat Day!

For this occasion an amazing poem 
of Polish poet Wisława Szymborska
Cat in an Empty apartment

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.

Translation taken from here.

Me and my friend went to see an exhibition about this poet
(it is one year since her death now)
and seems like she really loved cats!

She had a lot of knick-knacks with cats,
postcards and cut-outs.

Just a few picks from the exhibition.
I forgot to take my camera
so pics have mobile-quality.
(all taken by my friend)

It just reminded me Susan Herbert
I wrote about here
Cats- our eternal love :3

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