Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Cat island


Cats met us at
the landing-place
reclining in the sun
to check us in
with a momentary glance,
concierges
of a grassy island.
(Attila's Throne,
the Devil's Bridge,
and "the best Byzantine
church in the world",
long saints admonitory
on kiln-like inner walls.)
And lunch in a shady court
where cats now
systematically worked
the restaurant, table
by table, gazing into eyes
pleading "I'm hungry
and I'm cute", reaching
front paws up to knees
and always getting
before zeroing in
on the next table, same
routine, same result.

Sensible bourgeois
wild-cats working
with the furred impudence
of those who don't pretend
to be other than whores,
they give you not
the semblance of love
but simply
a look at their beauty
in return for food.
Models, not escorts.
They lack, too,
the prostitute's self-pity,
being beyond shame.
And we lack
what they have.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: food, beauty, cat, sun, world, work

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Cat island by Thom Gunn )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Feel as force, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Lost Children, Isabella Signa
  3. Pastor Homer Toots His Horn, Donal Mahoney
  4. Seconds In Prison, Naveed Akram
  5. The Light Brigade Charge, John F. McCullagh
  6. Farewell Forever, Sacha Hayes O'Grady
  7. Orphans, Nassy Fesharaki
  8. An Atheist on Sunday, Donal Mahoney
  9. Remember me, micheal john
  10. For God and Country, John F. McCullagh

Poem of the Day

poet Joyce Kilmer

(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Stars, Joyce Kilmer
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]