"Where I come from, I'm known by many names..." by Weezilou

"Where I come from, I'm known by many names..."

“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, or 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
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.”
― T.S. Eliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Fortunately, you had a cat to go with this great poem!
November 19th, 2018  
Fav. What a lovely picture and poem.
November 19th, 2018  
What an elegant photo.
November 19th, 2018  
@maggiemae Good insight, Maggiemae! Actually, we have several cats, some "really ours" and some who stop in for meals! Knowing cats as I do, I know every word of that poem is true!
November 19th, 2018  
@veengupta @danette Thank you both so much for the favs! I worked a long while creating a collage, and then I put it through a process that muted most of it! All part of the fun, and I never know where I'll end up! Thanks for your approval!
November 19th, 2018  
What a marvelous poem! Is this Not George, or is it Not Fred? I forget! I love, love the poem and the image, a wonderful compilation. My sweet boy was already named Simba, so I let sleeping cats lay and didn’t change his name when we adopted him. 😊
November 19th, 2018  
A cool poem and a lovely pic
November 19th, 2018  
A magnificent capture of "what's his name" and a fabulous poem, fav!
November 19th, 2018  
Love that book of TS Eliot. Beautiful cat and so well presented.
November 19th, 2018  
What a wonderful kitty and poem! Fav.
Katniss has several names..."Beauty" for Katniss and "Cutie" for Sophie. Also KitKat for Kitty Katniss, Sunshine, Precious, My Love and Sweetheart. :)
November 19th, 2018  
I love this cat whatever his name may be :) Amazing poem too! fav
November 19th, 2018  
A lovely gentle photo.
November 19th, 2018  
November 19th, 2018  
Beautiful poem about cats. It appears your beautiful cat may be thinking deeply about his real name.
November 19th, 2018  
Hello, beautiful fluffy kitty!
November 19th, 2018  
What a great cat capture and neat poem :)
November 19th, 2018  
How wonderful!
November 20th, 2018  
Great cat capture and love the poem!
The neighbour's kids helped me name my cat when he was an 8 week old kitten and also insisted he have three names!
His full title is Archimedes Hippocrates Socrates (no, seriously).
Or Arky for short :)
November 21st, 2018  
@4rky those are some very sophisticated names conjured up by "the neighbors kids " !!! Delightful!
November 21st, 2018  
Two very smart boys! Mum is a teacher. Dad is a doctor. That probably helps :)
November 21st, 2018  
@4rky ♥ : )
November 22nd, 2018  
Such a beautiful image of Not Fred - love your processing here! What a wonderful poem - not heard it before - it’s great!
November 22nd, 2018  
gorgeous, gorgeous cat
December 5th, 2018  
Wow what a beauty!
December 11th, 2018  
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