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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

2014.04.23
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THE CAT REMEMBERS
by Maria do Rosário Pedreira


The cat remembers you in your absence. Eyes lit,
she waits for the stories you tell us. Restless,
she walks my window sill with her fur bristling,
complicit, when she senses your arrival.

You always come by night. I know who you are, why you come
and I offer you the silence of a small room at the back,
the back shadows on my skin, and time
for the repeat of an inevitable gesture. I hear you tell
the same tale with the newest lips. I learn it
and forget it. We’ll never know it by heart, the cat or me.

Then you leave. You carry with you your voice, but its music
stays. I slowly close the doors. The cat meows faintly
at the window. No one waves: we keep with others
the secret of your visits. Both of us. The cat and I.

© Translated by Ana Hudson with Gabriel Gbadamosi, 2012
17 Comments
durban ahhhhhh.. this is sooooooo nice....
durban · 2014-04-23: 05:38
marilynx He's just like my Sootie!
marilynx · 2014-04-23: 05:38
revenant And who seems to be enjoying itself. Thanks for the link. I'd forgotten how astonishingly beautiful Elizabeth Taylor was.
revenant · 2014-04-23: 05:49
SADHYA I was just going to make a comment about Elizabeth Taylor, and damn it, Stefan has beat me to it.
SADHYA · 2014-04-23: 06:07
inawe Cats amaze me...they seem to make them self comfortable in the strangest places.
inawe · 2014-04-23: 07:11
popparatzee They do find the strangest (sometimes highest) places to perch.
popparatzee · 2014-04-23: 09:18
Melusine One of my cats likes walking around at the roof, and sometimes she climbs down on the balcony :)
Melusine · 2014-04-23: 10:10
rmjannette these are so cool. the design in the photos is fantastic and the poem is quite mysterious. and yes Liz Taylor was something special!
rmjannette · 2014-04-23: 11:37
EvaLizette He/she looks pretty comfy up there :))
EvaLizette · 2014-04-23: 12:39
Karramba Adorable. Especially #2 :-)
Karramba · 2014-04-23: 12:47
josy63 Ah! Tennessee Williams revu et corrigé par le cinéma ... Dommage pour lui mais grand film quand-même!
J'aime la pose alanguie et faussement décontractée de cet animal
josy63 · 2014-04-23: 12:54
unreal My fav is N2 -->FL
unreal · 2014-04-23: 14:36
dbaird90 Cool. I hope she was able to get down okay.
dbaird90 · 2014-04-23: 15:17
yellodog Nice and warm.
yellodog · 2014-04-23: 15:30
girafferacing Oh how sweet is that?! I bet those tiles get wonderfully warm in the sunshine - no doubt that's the appeal for this moggy!
girafferacing · 2014-04-23: 15:58
tomie Chat noir...Chat blanc...mais la nuit tous les chats sont gris ! :)
tomie · 2014-04-24: 04:07
busybee Great work sorry for lack of comments but some of us are having problems!!! driving me bonkers........................
busybee · 2014-04-24: 04:13
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