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Cats - Poem by Charles Baudelaire

They are alike, prim scholar and perfervid lover:
When comes the season of decay, they both decide
Upon sweet, husky cats to be the household pride;
Cats choose, like them, to sit, and like them, shudder.

Like partisans of carnal dalliance and science,
They search for silence and the shadowings of dread;
Hell well might harness them as horses for the dead,
If it could bend their native proudness in compliance.

In reverie they emulate the noble mood
Of giant sphinxes stretched in depths of solitude
Who seem to slumber in a never-ending dream;

Within their fertile loins a sparkling magic lies;
Finer than any sand are dusts of gold that gleam,
Vague starpoints, in the mystic iris of their eyes.


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  • Rookie Zahidul Islam (2/24/2017 1:00:00 AM)

    The Cat All day I inevitably encounter a cat here and there In the shadow of trees or out in the sun, around the pile of fallen leaves; I catch sight of him, deeply engrossed like a bee, with his own self Embedded in the skeleton of white soil Having successfully spotted some bones of fishes somewhere; But still, nevertheless, he scratches at the trunk of the Krishnachura tree All day he moves about stalking the sun. Now he shows up here The next moment he is lost somewhere. I spot him in the autumn dusk playing around As if, with his white paws, he is patting the supple body of the saffron sun; Then he nets up the tiny balls of darkness with his paw And spreads them throughout the world. Translated by Faizul Latif Chowdhury (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Zahidul Islam (2/24/2017 12:59:00 AM)

    A poem by Jibanananda Das, a Bengali poet (1899-1954 The Cat All day I inevitably encounter a cat here and there In the shadow of trees or out in the sun, around the pile of fallen leaves; I catch sight of him, deeply engrossed like a bee, with his own self Embedded in the skeleton of white soil Having successfully spotted some bones of fishes somewhere; But still, nevertheless, he scratches at the trunk of the Krishnachura tree All day he moves about stalking the sun. Now he shows up here The next moment he is lost somewhere. I spot him in the autumn dusk playing around As if, with his white paws, he is patting the supple body of the saffron sun; Then he nets up the tiny balls of darkness with his paw And spreads them throughout the world. Translated by Faizul Latif Chowdhury (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,134 Points Ray Quesada (10/25/2012 2:18:00 AM)

    someone needs to create a new word in the english language...one that means genius, strength, grace, wisdom, mischief, artistry, etc. all rolled up into one...just for this poem. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Cat

  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. Lullaby For The Cat , Elizabeth Bishop
  5. 5. Poem (As The Cat) , William Carlos Williams
  6. 6. A Cat , Edward Thomas
  7. 7. Pussy-Cat , Spike Milligan
  8. 8. Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up , Kobayashi Issa
  9. 9. The Cat And The Moon , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  11. 11. For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (Exce.. , Christopher Smart
  12. 12. Ad Lesbiam, Cat. Ep. 73 , Richard Lovelace
  13. 13. To Mrs Reynolds' Cat , John Keats
  14. 14. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  15. 15. A Cat Named Frank , Marilyn Lott
  16. 16. The Cat Of Cats , William Brighty Rands
  17. 17. The Poem Cat , Erica Jong
  18. 18. Cat Island , Thom Gunn
  19. 19. To A Cat , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  20. 20. Cat , David SmithWhite
  21. 21. Cat Scat , Eamon Grennan
  22. 22. In Lesbiam Cat. Ep. 76. , Richard Lovelace
  23. 23. The Mysterious Cat , Vachel Lindsay
  24. 24. Free Cat , Chuck Audette
  25. 25. A Cat , Louise Bizzari
  26. 26. Cat Among The Chickens , Nick Hilton
  27. 27. ! Cat Skills , Michael Shepherd
  28. 28. The Cat Is Free , Adeline Foster
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  30. 30. Cat-Pie , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  31. 31. The Cat , Jibanananda Das
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  34. 34. No-Name The Cat , David Lewis Paget
  35. 35. My Cat , Otteri Selvakumar
  36. 36. Separate Cat , Lonnie Hicks
  37. 37. ****paradise-Patsy The Cat , Coach Roth
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  39. 39. Mistress Gurton's Cat , Mary Darby Robinson
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  42. 42. Sister Cat , Frances Mayes
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  45. 45. The Retired Cat , William Cowper
  46. 46. Funny - Fat Cat , Rita El Khoury
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  48. 48. The Cool Cat , Jasmine Aira
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