14 thoughts on “Curtain Peekers

  1. allein May 27, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I hope they’re doing Hamlet’s Cat!

    ​Hamlet’s Cat’s Soliloquy
    from Hamlet’s Cat
    by William Shakespeare’s Cat

    To go outside, and there perchance to stay
    Or to remain within: that is the question:
    Whether ’tis better for a cat to suffer
    The cuffs and buffets of inclement weather
    That Nature rains on those who roam abroad,
    Or take a nap upon a scrap of carpet,
    And so by dozing melt the solid hours
    That clog the clock’s bright gears with sullen time
    And stall the dinner bell. To sit, to stare
    Outdoors, and by a stare to seem to state
    A wish to venture forth without delay,
    Then when the portal’s opened up, to stand
    As if transfixed by doubt. To prowl; to sleep;
    To choose not knowing when we may once more
    Our readmittance gain: aye, there’s the hairball;
    For if a paw were shaped to turn a knob,
    Or work a lock or slip a window-catch,
    And going out and coming in were made
    As simple as the breaking of a bowl,
    What cat would bear the household’s petty plagues,
    The cook’s well-practiced kicks, the butler’s broom,
    The infant’s careless pokes, the tickled ears,
    The trampled tail, and all the daily shocks
    That fur is heir to, when, of his own free will,
    He might his exodus or entrance make
    With a mere mitten? Who would spaniels fear,
    Or strays trespassing from a neighbor’s yard,
    But that the dread of our unheeded cries
    And scratches at a barricaded door
    No claw can open up, dispels our nerve
    And makes us rather bear our humans’ faults
    Than run away to unguessed miseries?
    Thus caution doth make house cats of us all;
    And thus the bristling hair of resolution
    Is softened up with the pale brush of thought,
    And since our choices hinge on weighty things,
    We pause upon the threshold of decision.

    From Poetry For Cats, The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse by Henry Beard, published in 1994 by Villard Books, an imprint of Random House, Inc


    • Stephanie May 27, 2016 / 11:54 am

      That’s fabulous. I have his French for Cats book. “Things that are not, strictly speaking, toys but which nevertheless have great play value…” is a running joke in my group.

    • Faye May 27, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Love this. New for me.

      • Catwhisperer May 27, 2016 / 1:33 pm

        Same here!

    • Gigi_the cat lady May 27, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      I think The Bard of Avon would not have objected to this adaptation of his text, which I find fantastic. After all he had a pretty good sense of humour if his comedies are any indication.
      Thank you for sharing this!

      • Duckie May 27, 2016 / 2:02 pm

        Someone has adapted the Star Wars scripts into Shakespeare. Yoda (no, not yoga, you stupid autocorrect) is funny enough in standard. Shakespeare is hysterical.

  2. Ms Can Opener May 27, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Or perhaps these guys are in the musical Cats. Would very much like to snorgle either or both of them.

  3. Faye May 27, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Lethally cute.

  4. Duckie May 27, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Little one in the back looks like he’s getting ready to cross his arms. Someone is in for it.

    • Ms Can Opener May 27, 2016 / 11:23 pm

      Oh what a beautiful belly. Thanks for the view, Diane.

    • mariana May 28, 2016 / 6:07 am

      they’re soooo beautifulll. if they were “mine” (everybody knows that no man can really own a cat) I’t wouldn’t get anything done…

  5. E. Z. Reader May 27, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Love that soliloquy! Thanks for posting

  6. sugitomo May 28, 2016 / 12:42 am

    Kittens have the best faces!

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