Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Cat

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name...

Well, I can't comment, but T.S. Eliot certainly paid a lot of attention to Cats and their names.
Thus there is Macavity, the mystery cat:

Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw -
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime - Macavity's not there!

Then there is Growltiger, 'the Terror of the Thames':

His manners and appearance did not calculate to please;
His coat was torn and seedy, he was baggy at the knees;
One ear was somewhat missing, no need to tell you why,
And he scowled upon a hostile world from one forbidding eye...

The Rum Tum Tugger who is a born grumbler:

The Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat:
If you offer him pheasant he would rather have a grouse.
If you put him in a house he would much prefer a flat, 
If you put him in a flat then he'd rather have a house.
If you set him on a mouse then he only wants a rat, 
If you set him on a rat then he'd rather chase a mouse.

Deuteronomy who lives a long life:

Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession.

Also Bustopher Jones, the 'fat cat' who 'doesn't haunt pubs - he has eight or nine clubs' and Gus (short for Aspargus, mind you) who is no longer in his prime and 'loves to regale..if someone else pays'.

"Cats are much like you and me," Eliot concludes as he takes a break from describing Hollow Men walking around in a Waste Land.


Are you a cat person? Does a cat own...Do you own a cat? Do share some of your experiences.

Entry for C


  1. I am by FAR a cat person. Check through my blog and you'll see stories of my various foster cats/kittens I've looked after in Athens, Greece on behalf of charity.
    They are just so intelligent and put you in your place - godda respect them!
    My last one, Socrates, used to sleep in the bathroom sink (?!)
    Glad you like my blog and are following - good luck with the Challenge.

  2. Nah, I wouldn't let anyone own me, leave alone a cat :). I'm fascinated by them though.

    Look forward to your challenge run…

    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  3. I am a cat person. We had Matilda for about eight years, then she developed cancer, and we had to say good bye to her last year right at this time. About a month later, we got Leo. He's a big, fluffy, white cat who is both a hunter and a lover.

    Play off the Page

  4. Thanks Bex, Damayanti, and Mary

    I have got a friend who is simply obsessed with cats or rather one, Sonu. She brought her home when she was just an abandoned ball of fur. Almost every day she'd regale us with her latest exploits. It has been some years since Sonu passed away but till date she continues to remember all her doings.

  5. Many thanks Bex and Mary for following the blog. Hope you enjoy the posts.

  6. Love these poems. Also love that T.S. Eliot clearly was not contemplating meaninglessness 100% of the time!

    My life has been blessed by a series of cat companions, all graceful, self-possessed examples of how to live an unhurried, joyful life.

    1. Dear Jane

      Thanks for commenting. A good companion is quite a boon and am glad that you have been lucky in that.

      Yes, thank god, Eliot took a break at times.