Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Post, Twill Serve, Twill Serve...

TBT said he thought we might like this before he deleted id, and so we do.  So, from us to you...


Hamlet's Cat's Soliloquy


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 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 on the threshold of decision.

As collected by Henry Beard in "Poetry for Cats", 1994

10 comments:

Lone Star Cats said...

MOL, we luv it!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Wow, that was SO cool!

The Whiskeratti said...

What a pawsome poem. Thanks for sharing that.

Cleo said...

I loved it, but my dingaling dad says it's too much to read for this hour of the day. Ignore him. I'm learning to. Happy Sunday to you!

Brian said...

Yepper, we did enjoy it!

Flynn said...

What a great poem! We enjoyed it.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Well done. Thanks for sharing.

The Menagerie Mom said...

Well, that was a purrfect read!

Mr Puddy said...

William Shakespeare's Cat ... MOL
Yours TBT really got a talent !
Me do giggle while I'm reading... Cute Poem !
=^x^=

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

OMC!!! Mr Shakespeare sure knew his kitties! Um...maybe someone is purtending a wee bit??
We thought it was a purrfect poetry as befits any kitty worth their mousies!!