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(19 July 1902 - 13 May 1962 / Birkenhead, England)

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Cats

Cats no less liquid than their shadows
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat through loopholes
Less than themselves; will not be pinned

To rules or routes for journeys; counter
Attack with non-resistance; twist
Enticing through the curving fingers
And leave an angered empty fist.

They wait obsequious as darkness
Quick to retire, quick to return;
Admit no aim or ethics; flatter
With reservations; will not learn

To answer to their names; are seldom
Truly owned till shot or skinned.
Cats no less liquid than their shadows
Offer no angles to the wind.



Submitted by Stephen Fryer

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • Andrea Field (8/15/2007 3:50:00 AM)

    It was an absolute joy to re-discover this poem after many years.

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  • Roger Kibble (8/13/2006 10:23:00 PM)

    A perfect poem. Such skill, such perception, such metaphor.

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