Friday, 6 April 2012

Poem by the Norwegian poet
Harald Sverdrup (1923–92)

Stroke the cat

If you’re feeling down,
then fix your hair.
If you’re still feeling down
then stroke the cat.
I’m not saying it’s cowardly
to take your own life.
To live it takes great courage
and a cat’s wildness,
think of being trapped
in a sack with stones
and submerged in water
(I have seen a cat
with life number ten intact
rub itself up against
its nine-time killer).

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