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Ode to the Cat (excerpt)

Pablo Neruda

There was something wrong
with the animals:
their tails were too long, and they had
unfortunate heads.
Then they started coming together,
little by little
fitting together to make a landscape,
developing birthmarks, grace, pep.
But the cat
only the cat
turned out finished,
and proud:
born in a state of total completion,
it sticks to itself and knows exactly what it wants.
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"Ode to the Cat" from Odes to Common Things, Translated from the Spanish by Ken Krabbenhoft. Reprinted by permission Little Brown and Company.


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