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The Naming of Cats de T. S. Eliot

Outubro 8, 2009

Um Cat Kitty é um Cat Kitty é um Cat Kitty, já diria Gertrude Stein. Mas olhem só o que um dos meus poetas favoritos de todos os tempos estava reservando para mim? Tenho que agradecer à minha  querida amiga inglesa Charlotte, que se compadeceu da minha história com o nome do Cat Kitty e enviou o poema para mim. Adorei pois sempre tive dificuldades de dar nomes para pessoas e animais de estimação. A Maria Luiza foi chamada de Melissa durante os nove meses da gravidez e a Carolina ia ser Maria Vitória (ui credo!).

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The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey–
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter–
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
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