Cats in Text  

To err is human, to purr is feline. - Robert Byrne

I saw the most beautiful cat today. It was sitting by the side of the road, its two front feet neatly and graciously together. Then it gravely swished around its tail to completely encircle itself. It was so fit and beautifully neat, that gesture, and so self-satisfied, so complacent.
~Ann Morrow Lindbergher~

Ode To A Cat

I think that I shall never see
A cat that sheds as much as thee
Thy fur that sticks is all around
On chairs, on mats in little mounds
I sweep the floor, you shed some more
I wash the rug and you just shrug
You should give thanks I tolerate that
Or you would be a crew cut cat.
~ Marea Needle ~

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical. - William S. Burroughs

Excerpt from The Cat
by Charles Baudelaire Fleurs du Mal 1861

From his brown and yellow fur
Comes such sweet fragrance that one night
I was perfumed with it because
I caressed him once, once only.

A familiar figure in the place,
He presides, judges, inspires
Everything within his province;
Perhaps he is a fay, a god?

When my gaze, drawn as by a magnet,
Turns in a docile way
Toward that cat whom I love,
And when I look within myself,

I see with amazement
The fire of his pale pupils,
Clear signal-lights, living opals,
That contemplate me fixedly.

Cat Poems~Whimsical
  • Edward Lear : The Owl and the Pussy-cat
  • Ambrose Bierce : The Vain Cat
  • Vachel Lindsay : The Mysterious Cat
  • La Fontaine : The Old Cat and the Young Mouse
  • Don Marquis : From Archy & Mehitabel

(In Translation)
  • Rainer Maria Rilke : Black Cat
  • Charles Baudelaire : Cat
  • Charles Baudelaire : The Cat
  • Charles Baudelaire : Cats
  • Paul Verlaine : Woman and Cat
  • Paul Valery : White Cats
  • Heinrich Heine : Beware of Kittens
  • Heinrich Heine : Young Tomcats' Society for Poetic Music
  • George Seferis : The Cats of Saint Nicholas
  • Pablo Neruda : Cat
Twentieth Century Cat Poems
  • W. B. Yeats : The Cat and the Moon
  • Thomas Hardy : Last Words to a Dumb Friend
  • Hart Crane : Chaplinesque
  • Wallace Stevens : A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts
  • Robert Graves : Frightened Men
  • T. S. Eliot : The Naming of Cats
  • Walter de la Mare : The China Cat
  • Marianne Moore : Peter
  • Charles Calverly : Sad Memories
  • Elizabeth Bishop : Lullaby for the Cat
  • Weldon Kees : The Cats
  • Randall Jarrell : The Happy Cat
  • William Carlos Williams : Poem