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Black Cat - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
your sight can knock on, echoing; but here
within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze
will be absorbed and utterly disappear:

just as a raving madman, when nothing else
can ease him, charges into his dark night
howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels
the rage being taken in and pacified.

She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen
into her, so that, like an audience,
she can look them over, menacing and sullen,
and curl to sleep with them. But all at once

as if awakened, she turns her face to yours;
and with a shock, you see yourself, tiny,
inside the golden amber of her eyeballs
suspended, like a prehistoric fly.

Comments about Black Cat by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Alicia 6/6/2019 12:04:00 PM

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  • Tracy 3/17/2019 6:45:00 AM

    This is a computer audio voice. Not a real woman. Reply

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  • Portia Morris 10/23/2018 5:20:00 PM

    the audio isnt the best but great poem.! Reply

    Jeff Waza (3/10/2019 8:27:00 AM)

    I think it is PURTHETIC

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  • Professor Cool 8/6/2018 8:25:00 AM

    A brilliant poem that takes the cliche of black cats as an omen and transforms it into a bone-chilling experience, collapsing both object and subject in the end. Reply

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  • hannah 6/4/2018 1:47:00 PM

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  • The poet inspector 5/10/2018 12:38:00 PM

    The lines are so meaningful Reply

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Cat Poems
  1. 1. Black Cat
    Rainer Maria Rilke
  2. 2. The Owl And The Pussy-Cat
    Edward Lear
  3. 3. Tame Cat
    Ezra Pound
  4. 4. A Cat
    Edward Thomas
  5. 5. Lullaby For The Cat
    Elizabeth Bishop
  6. 6. Poem (As The Cat)
    William Carlos Williams
  7. 7. Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up
    Kobayashi Issa
  8. 8. The Cat And The Moon
    William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (Exce..
    Christopher Smart
  10. 10. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow..
    Thomas Gray
  11. 11. The Cat Of Cats
    William Brighty Rands
  12. 12. Pussy-Cat
    Spike Milligan
  13. 13. Ad Lesbiam, Cat. Ep. 73
    Richard Lovelace
  14. 14. To Mrs Reynolds' Cat
    John Keats
  15. 15. The Cat And The Sea
    Ronald Stuart Thomas
  16. 16. A Cat Named Frank
    Marilyn Lott
  17. 17. The Poem Cat
    Erica Jong
  18. 18. Cat Scat
    Eamon Grennan
  19. 19. In Lesbiam Cat. Ep. 76.
    Richard Lovelace
  20. 20. To A Cat
    Algernon Charles Swinburne
  21. 21. The Mysterious Cat
    Vachel Lindsay
  22. 22. Cat Island
    Thom Gunn
  23. 23. Cat
    David SmithWhite
  24. 24. A Cat
    Louise Bizzari
  25. 25. Free Cat
    Chuck Audette
  26. 26. Cat Among The Chickens
    Nick Hilton
  27. 27. ! Cat Skills
    Michael Shepherd
  28. 28. The Cat Is Free
    Adeline Foster
  29. 29. The Young Rat And His Dam, The Cock And ..
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  30. 30. Cat-Pie
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  31. 31. The Cat
    Jibanananda Das
  32. 32. (310) Our Cat (Tiger)
    Melvina Germain
  33. 33. The Cat That Came To Tea
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  34. 34. My Cat
    Otteri Selvakumar
  35. 35. No-Name The Cat
    David Lewis Paget
  36. 36. Funny - Fat Cat
    Rita El Khoury
  37. 37. Separate Cat
    Lonnie Hicks
  38. 38. Ask The Cat
    Ben Gieske
  39. 39. Mistress Gurton's Cat
    Mary Darby Robinson
  40. 40. 003: The Cat Tray
    Colin Johnston
  41. 41. The Cat
    Leo Yankevich
  42. 42. Sister Cat
    Frances Mayes
  43. 43. Who Will Bell The Cat?
    Dr Kamran Haider Bukhari
  44. 44. The Eagle, The Sow, And The Cat
    Anne Kingsmill Finch
  45. 45. The Retired Cat
    William Cowper
  46. 46. The Cool Cat
    Jasmine Aira
  47. 47. Cat Lover
    Michael Philips
  48. 48. The Cat
    Linda Ori
  49. 49. Cat Among The Pigeons
    Herbert Nehrlich
  50. 50. ****paradise-Patsy The Cat
    Coach Roth

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Cat Poems

  1. Lullaby For The Cat

    Minnow, go to sleep and dream, Close your great big eyes; Round your bed Events prepare The pleasantest surprise. Darling Minnow, drop that frown, Just cooperate, Not a kitten shall be drowned In the Marxist State. Joy and Love will both be yours, Minnow, don't be glum. Happy days are coming soon -- Sleep, and let them come...

  2. A Cat

    She had a name among the children; But no one loved though someone owned Her, locked her out of doors at bedtime And had her kittens duly drowned. In Spring, nevertheless, this cat Ate blackbirds, thrushes, nightingales, And birds of bright voice and plume and flight, As well as scraps from neighbours’ pails. I loathed and hated her for this; One speckle on a thrush’s breast Was worth a million such; and yet She lived long, till God gave her rest.

  3. The Owl And The Pussy-Cat

    The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful pea green boat, They took some honey, and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, 'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!' Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl! How charmingly sweet you sing! O let us be married! too long we have tarried: But what shall we do for a ring?' They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the Bong-tree grows And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood With a ring at the end of his nose, His nose, His nose, With a ring at the end of his nose. 'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.' So they took it away, and were married next day By the Turkey who lives on the hill. They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.

  4. Tame Cat

    It rests me to be among beautiful women Why should one always lie about such matters? I repeat: It rests me to converse with beautiful women Even though we talk nothing but nonsense, The purring of the invisible antennae Is both stimulating and delightful.