Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guillaume Apollinaire | The Cat

In my house I want:
A reasonable woman,
A cat passing among the books,
And friends in every season,
Whom I cannot live without.

© Nobuyoshi Araki | Chiro (8)

Γάτε που παίζεις μες στο δρόμο | Φερνάντο Πεσόα

«Γάτε που παίζεις μες στο δρόμο σαν να ‘ταν πάνω στο κρεβάτι,

Φθονώ την τύχη σου, γιατί, ούτε μπορείς να την πεις τύχη.

Καλέ υπηρέτη των μοιραίων νόμων, που ορίζουν πέτρες μα και ανθρώπους,

Δεν έχεις παρά αισθήματα γενικά, και μόνο αισθάνεσαι εκείνο που αισθάνεσαι

Είσαι ευτυχής, γιατί έτσι είσαι, κι η ανυπαρξία είναι δική σου.

Αντίθετα, εγώ είμαι χωρίς εμένα, με γνωρίζω και ξέρω πως δεν είμαι εγώ.»

Monday, June 27, 2011

© Masao Yamamoto

Thanks to Irène An

Maria Corelli

"I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night."

Cats in the Sea Services

Sailors and cats have a special relationship that dates back thousands of years. It is likely that the ancient Egyptians were the first seafarers to realize the true value of having cats as shipmates. In addition to offering sailors much needed companionship on long voyages, cats provided protection by ridding ships of vermin. Without the presence of cats, a crew might find their ship overrun with rats and mice that would eat into the provisions, chew through ropes and spread disease. The more superstitious sailors believed that cats protected them by bringing good luck. It was also common for crews to adopt cats from the foreign lands they visited to serve as souvenirs as well as reminders of their pets at home.


via USNV