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A poem written in the style of the famous Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
2022-01-27 09:00:00

*Rainer Maria Rilke
New Verse by Once-Famous Poets

*Rainer Maria Rilke
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“Cats on Facebook”

The cat fan pages, windows onto worlds
Of night and silence. Perhaps the echo’s
Touch of dreams. Blurring hunting with sleeping
On a warm stove. Making the blood boil in
A spectral pounce. Purring under the soft
Human touch. The echo of ancient woods,
Of moss, dark on the edges of gorges.
Oh, why on Earth do they, with fur touched by
The sands of Egypt, make me smile so much?
My Facebook wall teems with paw prints. More new
Pics from sister groups: THIS CAT IS CHONKY,
THIS CAT IS BEBBE, THIS CAT IS MAJESTIC.
Angel, should you ever ask “Why the Earth?,”
I would show you these pictures. These furry
Bellies and spiky ears, and the figure-
of-eight-like tail, the very widely
Open eyes, and from between the sharp teeth,
The hilariously pink tongue’s very edge.

This poem is part of the series “New Verse by Once-Famous Poets” and is not an authentic poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.

 

Translated from the Polish by Adam Zdrodowski

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Grzegorz Uzdański

Grzegorz Uzdański

was born in 1979. He taught Philosophy and Ethics at the Raszyńska secondary school in Warsaw, and is the author of the website “Nowe wiersze sławnych poetów” [New Poetry from Famous Poets] and of the novel “Wakacje” [Holiday]. He sings and writes lyrics for the band Ryby. He has also written lyrics for the bands EXTRA and Jerz Igor. He performs in the theatre improv group Dobrze and in the comedy trio Wszystko Będzie Dobrze [Everything’s Gonna Be Alright]. He lives in Warsaw.