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    Lol!Beatrix Potter wasn t meant as sleeping pill. I didn´t know you had so many grandchildren and one still a baby!

    http://www.english-for-students.com/...d-The-Fox.html

    Love TS Elliots book and the musical Cats which is a fond memory from New York, specially because I watched it with a free card!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywFbpDjpZno

    Lovely cat fugue

    Tobermorey- An interesting story, but meaning that speech sometimes creates a lot of havoc. And there were no social nets yet.

    A short moral fable: http://www.english-for-students.com/...falling-leaves

    And a poem by Wordsworth https://poets.org/poem/kitten-and-falling-leaves
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    Delighted to find that Rita Lee is on Amazon music and I can stream and listen to her on my Echo

    A Moral Story : The Cat and The Fox - Good moral, but oh, how sad! Last night I spied a small family of 3-foxes capering about for a moment before they disappeared into the brush. Also reminded me about the joke where two friends meet a grizzly bear and one asks the other if they can outrun the bear and the other says: "All I know is that I just have to outrun you".

    The Rum Tum Tugger (lol) The musical must have been a visual feast.

    A problem with: falling-leaves ? link seems to be broken (must have been a mashup between two of your links)...
    I researched and found this list but it doesn't seem to be there... http://www.english-for-students.com/Moral-Stories.html ROFL... #119 !!!

    With a tiger-leap half way, now she meets the coming prey,
    ... Loved it: a tender, sweet poem.

    Poem: The Galloping Cat by Stevie Smith:
    http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poem...galloping-cat/
    In her own voice: https://soundcloud.com/poetsreadingp...mith-reads-the

    A Hemingway short story Cat in the Rain (please pardon George); starts:
    There were only two Americans stopping at the hotel. They did not know any of the people they passed on
    the stairs on their way to and from their room. Their room was on the second floor facing the sea. It also faced
    the public garden and the war monument. There were big palms and green benches in the public garden. http://english.heacademy.ac.uk/wp-co.../Hemingway.pdf
    And a chuckle or two... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h588...ature=youtu.be

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    I am very glad you like our Rock Lady and that you can have her on streaming.

    Do you believe that I never saw a real fox? Not even at the zoo, I think.

    Sorry about the link confusion. Litnet was unstable for some days, I probably hurried to post in between the error messages.
    Her is another fable, not so sad as the first:

    http://www.english-for-students.com/Bell-The-Cat.html

    The Galloping Cat by Stevie Smith: Poem ok, but did this poet like cats?

    Cat in the Rain- A funny thing happened. I thought the story was really beginning, when it ended and went hunting for the missing pages but there were no missing pages. I think the story started well, a young bored couple, a young woman thirsting for something new in her life and then she gets the cat and The End. As it is the cat in the rain seems to represent the girl somehow, having to adapt in order not to get wet.

    A poem:

    To A Cat
    Jorge Luis Borges

    Mirrors are not more silent
    nor the creeping dawn more secretive;
    in the moonlight, you are that panther
    we catch sight of from afar.
    By the inexplicable workings of a divine law,
    we look for you in vain;
    More remote, even, than the Ganges or the setting sun,
    yours is the solitude, yours the secret.
    Your haunch allows the lingering
    caress of my hand. You have accepted,
    since that long forgotten past,
    the love of the distrustful hand.
    You belong to another time. You are lord
    of a place bounded like a dream.
    And:https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article...rs-best-friend

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    I guess editing and links are problematical at this point... I'll keep trying.
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    (sigh)
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    Belling the cat is a good morality fable; I had forgotten that it never did come up with a finished resolution - as media (cartoons for instance) of my/our era nearly always show the cat getting belled.

    Stevie Smith evidently wrote several poems with cats in them, but I agree - I don't think she liked them at all. From a blog the Paris Review (in part):
    Cats in Colour (or, Color, if you have the Viking edition) was part of a series of picture volumes published by Batsford, a press dedicated to genteel subjects like horticulture. It was doubtless intended as a pleasant gift book for cat fanciers: pretty pictures of fluffy kitties such as one might find nowadays on a wall calendar. Why Stevie Smith was approached about writing the book’s texts is one of the great publishing mysteries of the twentieth century, but the result is nothing short of brilliance. The introduction alone is worthy of cult status.

    Here, the “game,” though not to my mind entirely removed from a hidden tartiness, is the game that human beings have been playing with the animal world since the first dog owned a human master and the first cat settled down upon a human hearth. It is we who have made these little catsy-watsies so sweet, have dressed them and set them up, in their cultivated coats and many markings, and thrown our own human love upon them and with it our own egocentricity and ambition.

    This barely concealed contempt—for humanity, for the cats themselves—is present throughout the book, although the captions themselves range from the whimsical to the surreal to the unambiguously bizarre. What Smith has created here is really a hyperliterate form of proto–LOL Cat, playing perversely with notions of animal agency, ownership, and human identity. And ultimately, she is benign: as she ends her introduction, “It is an amiable part of human nature, that we should love our animals; it is even better to love them to the point of folly, than not to love them at all.” https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/...4/05/lol-cats/
    The Singing Cat by Stevie Smith... https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/bigr...ith-t1341.html

    Google images (Mostly Stevie Smith, her line drawings, cats, etc)... https://www.google.com/search?q="ste...w=1205&bih=633

    I liked Borges' poem. His use of the Ganges as remoteness is notable.

    Loved the various writers take on their cats. I had a cat, Figaro, a gorgeous silky white female with black markings who loved to cuddle with me when I wrote poetry using my desktop computer (now rarely used); circa 2003. She was an indoor/outdoor kitty who wandered off one day and never returned (sigh).

    If the photo shows up Figaro is the white with black kitty and Taffy-Doodles is the black with white kitty. Figaro&Taffy.jpg

    Short story: Revisiting Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat, begins
    FOR the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not -- and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul... https://poestories.com/read/blackcat
    Music: Henry Mancini Something for Cat from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eddjmpfyPWQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by tailor STATELY View Post
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    Both are very cute, tailor. Are there any pics of Rosie and Bells?
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    Rosie yes... I'll try to get some pix of Tinker Bell and post both... with maybe one of Odie if I can find one.

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    The Singing Cat- You´re right. This second poem makes the perverse light very plain in which the poet sees the relationship between humans and cats.

    "The black cat" by Poe. I knew this story already but I don´t like it. Poe is one of the fathers of the short stories but I don´t like his short stories,they are all nightmares, specially this one.

    If you want to read a story where there is humor added to some horror, there is Angela Carter´s "Puss in the Boots". I didn´t put the link here, because it´s rather large and it is in the collection, The Blood Chamber. The name of the cat is also Figaro, but it´s a male cat.

    "The Cat and the Mouse
    England

    The cat and the mouse
    Played in the malt-house.

    The cat bit the mouse's tail off.

    "Pray, puss, give me my tail."

    "No," says the cat, "I'll not give you your tail, till you go to the cow, and fetch me some milk."

    First she leapt, and then she ran,
    Till she came to the cow, and thus began:

    "Pray, cow, give me milk, that I may give cat milk, that cat may give me my own tail again."

    "No," said the cow, I will give you no milk, till you go to the farmer and get me some hay."

    First she leapt, and then she ran,
    Till she came to the farmer, and thus began:

    "Pray, farmer, give me hay, that I may give cow hay, that cow may give me milk, that I may give cat milk, that cat may give me my own tail again."

    "No," says the farmer, I'll give you no hay, till you go to the butcher and fetch me some meat."

    First she leapt, and then she ran,
    Till she came to the butcher, and thus began:

    "Pray, butcher, give me meat, that I may give farmer meat, that farmer may give me hay, that I may give cow hay, that cow may give me milk, that I may give cat milk, that cat may give me my own tail again."

    "No," says the butcher, "I'll give you no meat, till you go the baker and fetch me some bread."

    First she leapt, and then she ran,
    Till she came to the baker, and thus began:

    Pray, baker, give me bread, that I may give butcher bread, that butcher may give me meat, that I may give farmer meat, that farmer may give me hay, that I may give cow hay, that cow may give me milk, that I may give cat milk, that cat may give me my own tail again."

    "Yes," says the baker, I'll give you some bread,
    But if you eat my meal, I'll cut off your head.

    Then the baker gave mouse bread, and mouse gave butcher bread, and butcher gave mouse meat, and mouse gave farmer meat, and farmer gave mouse hay, and mouse gave cow hay, and cow gave mouse milk, and mouse gave cat milk, and cat gave mouse her own tail again!"

    Source: James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps: Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales: A Sequel to the Nursery Rhymes of England (London: John Russell Smith, 1849), pp. 33-34.

    Footnote by Halliwell-Phillipps: This tale has been traced back fifty years, but it is probably considerably older.

    Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 2034.
    An old poem by Joana Baillie:https://www.bartleby.com/291/82.html
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    Didn´t succeed with uploading cat pics. You must tell me your trick.
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    Picture posting is hit or miss for me; Tony seems to have it down pat. Still working on my cat pix...

    Joana Baillie's poem The Kitten is delightful; the ending quite tender.

    A rather generic short short story: The Cat by Banjo Paterson; starts:
    Most people think that the cat is an unintelligent animal, fond of ease, and caring little for anything but mice and milk. But a cat has really more character than most human beings, and gets a great deal more satisfaction out of life. Of all the animal kingdom, the cat has the most many-sided character...
    https://americanliterature.com/autho...-story/the-cat
    Music: One of the more bizarre pieces of classical? music ever performed "purrformed" by a cat: John Cage's 4'33"... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpZekJDrbvc (side note: the kitty looks like my kitty Precious from many years ago, only Precious did not have any brown at all)

    Poem: Black Cat - by Rainer Maria Rilke... https://www.poemhunter.com/poems/cat/
    To the left of the page is a list of 50+ poems by many notable poets.

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    Picture posting has hitherto been a miss for me. Tony succeeds because he takes them from his site at flickr.

    Starting with the Rock band The Cats, their songs have indeed, to my ear, a nostalgic meowy quality:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOy4T3jRIY

    Enjoyed the generic story by Banjo Paterson. I am not fond of dark stories about cats, specially about black cats, because that increases the prejudice against them(here in Brazil it is still very strong), but here the cats have a special meaning and the story was written by a one time Litnetter, who got very involved with the site, the short time she was here. Do you remember Heartwing?
    https://brokenwriterblog.wordpress.c...9/17/schifosa/

    The kitty in that music performance looks very unconfortable. It keeps smelling the ground because maybe it was trained with tit bits.

    A poem by Shelley: http://shelleysghost.bodleian.ox.ac....ess#Transcript

    I enjoyed the Rilke poem and am still reading the other.

    California news -https://people.com/pets/mountain-lion-crashed-california-couple-tv-night/
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 09-18-2019 at 04:01 PM.
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