Monday, April 21, 2008

bits and pieces

A Poet's Cat
A poet's cat, sedate and grave,
As poet well could wish to have,
Was much addicted to inquire
For nooks, to which she might retire,
And where, secure as mouse in chink,
She might repose, or sit and think.
I know not where she caught the trick--
Nature perhaps herself had cast her
In such a mold philosophique,
Or else she learn'd it of her master.
William Cowper (1731-1800), English poet

things are really getting nasty over in pennslyvania - thank goodness the primary is tomorrow, I can't take much more. on the radio this morning I heard about how a remark by barack has triggered another frenzy of attacks from hillary. seems that barack offhandedly said that any of the three candidates would be a better president than w - well, I don't know about you, but I have said this myself and have heard scores of others say the same thing.

this not to say I want mccain as the country's next president or that I would be okay with it if that happened. in fact I'm terrified over the notion of john (more of the same) mccain as the next president. but, I always thought of mccain as someone more intelligent and more open to taking advice than w has been. I have long thought that mccain would appoint people who would uphold the constitution.

for many w has proven to be the worst president ever - its almost inconceivable that mccain could top w in that department. (thanks to blue girl in a red state for the graphic on the right - although created a few years ago nothing has changed - he's still the worst president ever!)

the thing that really is disgusting me about this pennslyvania primary (well, maybe its american politics in general) is how the issues are not being seriously discussed. in the almost eight years of the bush administration the country has been looted and raided. don't even get me started on how the u.s. is viewed internationally.

I really didn't intend to go off on a political rant. my intention was to give a head's up on a couple new adds to the mouse's blogroll - blue girl in red state (referenced above) and e's new blog out from behind the lens - which has some very yummy posts!

it's a beautiful spring morning, the birds are singing and the earth is a-greening!

flash to the past bits and pieces (dc5, 1964)

photo: cheetos and chester, the shop cats at pretty coat junction, lakewood ~ april 2008

8 comments:

d. chedwick bryant said...

lovely photo.

as for the offhand comment & the politics--i agree with you.

zquilts said...

D'acccord. As usual.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I'm anxious for the Pennsylvania primary and that Sarah Marshall movie to be gone so I don't have to see ads for either.

TheElementary said...

"...how the issues are not being seriously discussed..."
You said it well. It's a mess and after eight years one would think there were lessons learned, better ways to deal with this. Yes, it's a mess. I'm jaded already.
You always have something very insightful to say, and you "shoot from the hip" so to speak.

Steve said...

Awwww...that's a great pic. Needless to say. :)

I think any of the three WOULD be better than W. But that's not saying much.

Cergie said...

Le Chat

II

De sa fourrure blonde et brune
Sort un parfum si doux, qu'un soir
J'en fus embaumé, pour l'avoir
Caressé une fois, rien qu'une.

C'est l'esprit familier du lieu;
Il juge, il préside, il inspire
Toutes choses dans son empire;
Peut-être est-il fée, est-il dieu?

Quand mes yeux vers ce chat que j'aime
Tirés comme par un aimant,
Se retournent docilement
Et que je regarde en moi-même,

Je vois avec étonnement
Le feu de ses prunelles pâles,
Clairs fanaux, vivantes opales,
Qui me contemplent fixement.

Baudelaire, Les fleurs du mal

Cergie said...

Chedwick must know Baudelaire (1821-1867), maybe you know him too, Kimy.
He is a great Fench poet.
He wrote a lot of poems about cats.

Your cats are both lovely. One sleeping, one beeing aware. Both trusting though.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

to all - as z said d'accord! and thanks for everyone's comments.

jt - I too am sooooo sick of promotions for that silly movie - adverts were everywhere in nyc

cergie - I am quite familiar of m. baudelaire love of cat and posted one of his poems celebrating cats a week ago! albeit translated. thank you so much for this poem en français - as his poems are meant to be read