Saturday, July 18, 2009

TC: Cat Telephone

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I have made the surprising discovery that cats are telephones that come and go as they please and have an appetite for milk and fish. It takes a while to understand that these are special beings, wireless phones like walkie-talkies; and that we too are special, in our imperceptiveness, because it took us so long to understand this.

Given that this state of misunderstanding goes back beyond antiquity, it's apparent that humans lack the code that would allow us to comprehend these messages, their origin, and the nature of those who are sending them to us. We don't know whose number is being called, or what the caller is trying to say...



Text freely adapted & English'd by TC from Julio Cortázar: Cómo pasar al lado (suggested by Lucy in the Sky)

Cats: photo by arudhio, 2009

7 comments:

Lucy in the Sky said...

We don't know that... yet.

Great version, Tom!

TC said...

Lucy,

And thanks to you for planting the seed of this post!

phaneronoemikon said...

This makes me think
of the frienship of Walter Benjamin
and Gershom Scholem!

Wonderfullllly Sly and cat-like TOM!

cool!

TC said...

Thank you Lanny for your slllippery percipience...

human being said...

hmmm... a very original and interesting comparison...

i love cats...
:)


man found the code but lost it because it was so simple and small... he thought the code should be something intricate...
;)

now his civilization is endangered...



a very nice blog...
thanks for your visit and your sweet words... sorry i'm late in returning the visit... surely you know about the condition of internet and other things in Iran...


peace and love to you

TC said...

human being,

Thanks very much for being on earth. Let's try to rediscover the code. I'm probably too old to wait around to see that rediscovery... But I see the hope that you will be on earth to work out the re-coding or de-coding or whatever it takes... Insh'Allah.

human being said...

you are part of the code..
:)

and poets like you live forever not in just in the cosmos but on this earth...

even in your earthly body you can live more than a hundred years... because you are so kind and transparent like light...

take care