Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

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

Cats 1 - Poem by Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

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To walk as you walk, green eye, smiler, not
Even ostentatiously alone but simply
Alone ... arching the back in courteous discourtesy,
Gathering the body as a dancer before an unworthy
Audience, treading earth scantly - a task to be done
And done with, girt (curt introvert) for private
Precise avoidance of the undesired,
Pride-attired, generalissimo
Knife-eyed, bisector of moonshine with indigo
Shadow, scorner of earth-floor, flaunter of
Steel-hard sickle curve against the sky ... !


Submitted by Stephen Fryer


Comments about Cats 1 by Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

  • (8/13/2006 10:19:00 PM)


    A perfect understanding of cats; elegant, eclectic, entertaining, explicit, extravagant and erudite, Tessimond is a great yet unsung poet.
    I wish I knew more about him than the weak limited biography published and repeated on the web.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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