Subscribe: by Email | in Reader

Cat in an Empty Apartment -- Wislawa Szymborska

Guest poem sent in by John K. Taber
(Poem #1608) Cat in an Empty Apartment
 Die—you can't do that to a cat.
 Since what can a cat do
 in an empty apartment?
 Climb the walls?
 Rub up against the furniture?
 Nothing seems different here,
 but nothing is the same.
 Nothing has been moved,
 but there's more space.
 And at nighttime no lamps are lit.

 Footsteps on the staircase,
 but they're new ones.
 The hand that puts fish on the saucer
 has changed, too.

 Something doesn't start
 at its usual time.
 Something doesn't happen
 as it should.
 Someone was always, always here,
 then suddenly disappeared
 and stubbornly stays disappeared.

 Every closet has been examined.
 Every shelf has been explored.
 Excavations under the carpet turned up nothing.
 A commandment was even broken,
 papers scattered everywhere.
 What remains to be done.
 Just sleep and wait.

 Just wait till he turns up,
 just let him show his face.
 Will he ever get a lesson
 on what not to do to a cat.
 Sidle toward him
 as if unwilling
 and ever so slow
 on visibly offended paws,
 and no leaps or squeals at least to start.
-- Wislawa Szymborska
        (Translated from the Polish by Joanna Maria Trzeciak)

In newsgroups devoted to pets, the passing of a beloved cat is often
mentioned to a lot of sympathy. But often it is the owner who dies while the
cat is the survivor, though this eventuality has never been posted to my

This is a wonderful poem by one of my favorites, Wyslawa Szymborska, the
Polish poet who won the Nobel a few years ago. It is just like her to take
an unexpected point of view, a little thing perhaps, and open a whole world.

Add this to the latest poems on cats.



Biography of Szymborska

and of Trzeciak:

63 comments: ( or Leave a comment )


How appropriate. The author definitely knew cats. I love this poem
and have forwarded it to several of my cat friends.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it.

Lynn A. Bucher
owned by Angie
currently owned by Smidgen

cheap viagra said...

Nice poem thanks, it's very nostalgic to me, and I listening sad music hahaha

Ideas de negocios said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, but I am firmly convinced of this and love to learn more about the subject. If possible, acquire knowledge, would you update your blog with more information? It is very helpful to me

Anonymous said...

Thanks for demography the time to altercate this, but I am durably assertive of this and adulation to apprentice added about the subject. If possible, access knowledge,
miami beach condos

Kat said...

To me, this has always been one of Szymborska's favorite poems. I like to interpret it as the feelings of a widowed (human) life partner.

borse in tessuto said...

Well I seldom encounter poems about cat. This is the first one. I'm happy that I read this because I love cats so much. Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Does your site have a contact page? I'm having trouble locating it but, I'd like to shoot you
an e-mail. I've got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

Also visit my site; User:FreemanHi - District 8 Kin

Anonymous said...

Hello very cool blog!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .

. I'll bookmark your site and take the feeds also? I am happy to find a lot of useful information right here in the publish, we need develop extra strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

Feel free to visit my web site; Home equity loan refinance credit

Anonymous said...

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the
same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work
on. You have done a wonderful job!

Visit my website Visit the following website page

Anonymous said...

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you
knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

Look into my weblog: Louis Vuitton Outlet Online

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about persuasive.

Have a look at my web site: Air Max Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Good article! We will be linking to this great content on our site.
Keep up the great writing.

Have a look at my page Air Jordan

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it,
you are a great author. I will always bookmark your blog and
will come back later on. I want to encourage you continue your
great posts, have a nice day!

Check out my website ...

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout
of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve
got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of
content so people could connect with it better.
Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
Maybe you could space it out better?

Look into my web-site ... Wholesale NFL Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you
are just too wonderful. I actually like what you've acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

Stop by my website - More Info

Anonymous said...

My partner and I stumbled over here different web page and thought I may as well check things out.

I like what I see so now i'm following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page repeatedly.

Feel free to visit my weblog :: Cheap Nike Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Have you ever thought about writing an ebook
or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss
and would really like to have you share some stories/information.
I know my readers would value your work. If you're even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

my website; Sidney Crosby Black Jersey

Anonymous said...

Hi, I would like to subscribe for this blog to take hottest updates, so where can i do it please help out.

Also visit my homepage :: Cheap Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great
author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and definitely
will come back later in life. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great work,
have a nice evening!

Here is my webpage ... Clicking Here

Anonymous said...

This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own
blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Great job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and
more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

Also visit my page

Anonymous said...

Somebody necessarily assist to make significantly posts I would state.
This is the very first time I frequented your website page and thus
far? I surprised with the analysis you made to create this actual post incredible.
Magnificent task!

My weblog: cheap nfl jerseys

Anonymous said...

Howdy are using Wordpress for your site platform? I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and create my own.
Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

My web-site - Louis Vuitton Outlet Online

Anonymous said...

I enjoy what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and coverage!
Keep up the very good works guys I've included you guys to my personal blogroll.

my web page; Cheap Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Hello there, I discovered your web site by the use of Google whilst looking for a comparable matter, your web site came up, it seems to be good.
I've bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
Hello there, simply was alert to your weblog through Google, and located that it is really informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels. I will be grateful in case you proceed this in future. Many folks will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

Feel free to visit my blog :: Sidney Crosby Authentic Jersey

Anonymous said...

There is certainly a lot to know about this topic.
I love all the points you've made.

Feel free to visit my web page - Michael Kors Bags

Anonymous said...

Hello! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for your great
info you have here on this post. I will be returning to your
website for more soon.

My homepage - Www.Explorethecapabilities.Com

Anonymous said...

Appreciating the time and effort you put
into your website and in depth information you offer. It's nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same unwanted rehashed material.
Excellent read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my
Google account.

Here is my homepage - Louis Vuitton Handbags

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether it's just me or if perhaps
everyone else experiencing issues with your website. It appears as though some of the text in your posts are running off the screen.

Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
This could be a problem with my web browser because I've had this happen before. Thanks

my web site: Oakley Holbrook

Anonymous said...

I simply couldn't go away your site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual info an individual provide on your guests? Is gonna be back continuously to check out new posts

my website: Evgeni Malkin Authentic Jersey

Anonymous said...

I enjoy looking through a post that will make people think.
Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

My blog post Continued

Anonymous said...

Hey very nice blog!

Feel free to surf to my homepage:

Anonymous said...

Hi to every body, it's my first pay a visit of this webpage; this weblog contains awesome and in fact fine information in favor of readers.

my weblog; Michael Kors Handbags

Anonymous said...

Hi, this weekend is pleasant in favor of me, as this time i am reading this wonderful informative piece of
writing here at my home.

Here is my web site Abercrombie France

Anonymous said...

Greate post. Keep posting such kind of info on your blog. Im really impressed by it.

Hello there, You have performed an excellent job.
I will certainly digg it and in my opinion recommend to my friends.
I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

Feel free to visit my page :: Air Jordan Femme

Anonymous said...

Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
It's on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Great choice of colors!

Here is my weblog Chaussure De Foot Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet visitors, its really really nice post on building up new webpage.

my web page :: Louis Vuitton Outlet1

Anonymous said...

When someone writes an post he/she maintains the idea of a user in his/her mind that how a user can be
aware of it. Thus that's why this piece of writing is great. Thanks!

Here is my site ... Mulberry Bags

Anonymous said...

My relatives every time say that I am wasting my time
here at net, but I know I am getting experience everyday by reading thes good
articles or reviews.

My weblog ::

Anonymous said...

I blog frequently and I really thank you for your information.
Your article has really peaked my interest. I will take
a note of your blog and keep checking for new
information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

My homepage; Cheap NFL Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting
to know your situation; many of us have created some
nice methods and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, be
sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

Stop by my webpage - Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.
I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and definitely will come back later in life.
I want to encourage one to continue your great posts, have a nice day!

my page :: Air Max one

Anonymous said...

Post writing is also a fun, if you be acquainted with afterward you
can write or else it is difficult to write.

Here is my web-site :: Air Jordan 2013

Anonymous said...

This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!
! Finally I've found something that helped me. Many thanks!

Review my site; wholesale nfl jerseys

Anonymous said...

Hello are using Wordpress for your blog platform? I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started
and create my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
Any help would be really appreciated!

Also visit my webpage :: Nike Air Jordan

Anonymous said...

Real great information can be found on web site.
"There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed."
by Peter Sellers.

Also visit my web-site -

Anonymous said...

Great beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how
can i subscribe for a weblog web site? The account aided
me a applicable deal. I had been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast provided shiny transparent

Also visit my page: Louis Vuitton Purses Outlet

Anonymous said...

Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It's on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

my homepage - More Help

Anonymous said...

I just could not go away your web site prior to suggesting that I extremely loved the usual info a person supply in your guests?
Is gonna be again ceaselessly in order to investigate cross-check new

my page - Continued

Anonymous said...

Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

Look into my web-site - Look At This

Anonymous said...

What a information of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable experience regarding unpredicted feelings.

Also visit my webpage: Get the Facts

Anonymous said...

What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of
valuable knowledge regarding unexpected feelings.

My website :: check this out

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure where you're getting your info, but good topic.
I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
Thanks for great information I was looking for this info for my mission.

Take a look at my webpage ... Christian Louboutin Sale

Anonymous said...

You've made some decent points there. I checked on the net to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

Feel free to visit my webpage; Christian Louboutin Sale (

Anonymous said...

Ahaa, its pleasant conversation regarding this paragraph here
at this website, I have read all that, so at this
time me also commenting here.

Here is my web-site ... Air Jordan Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

This piece of writing will assist the internet users for creating new blog or
even a blog from start to end.

Also visit my homepage; Sac A Main Louis Vuitton **

Anonymous said...

This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped
me. Kudos!

Here is my page ... Boutique Air Jordan

Anonymous said...

Very nice article, just what I was looking for.

my site: Sac Guess

Anonymous said...

I loved as much as you'll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

My web-site - Sac Louis Vuitton

Anonymous said...

Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and
tell you I truly enjoy reading through your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
Thank you so much!

Feel free to surf to my web page Cheap Jerseys

Anonymous said...

The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see
if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely
off topic but I had to share it with someone!

Have a look at my weblog: link

Anonymous said...

What's up, its good article concerning media print, we all be familiar with media is a impressive source of facts.

My page: remove sharecash

Post a Comment