Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Look at That Face




Look at that face -
Just look at it,
Look at that fabulous face of yours.
I knew first look I took at it,
This was the face that the world adores.

Look at those eyes -
As wise and as deep as the sea.
Look at that nose -
It shows what a nose should be.--The Roar of the Greasepaint --the Smell of the Crowd*

(*lyrics & music by Leslie Briscusse & Anthony Newley)

I want to get September started. Unwisely, I began by reading September 1, 1939 by WH Auden. (A poem he came to loathe & caused all manner of fuss about--something he was quite good at. Poets are such pains in the rear sometimes. I'm a pain in the rear. Haven't you noticed?) It's a poem included in many services, secular (yes, there are those kind) & otherwise, after September 11, 2001. I read it at one. I defended my clichéd choice on the following grounds: "It's only been a few days. There's still smoke in the freaking air. I can't think of anything else & five people are arguing in the corner about who gets to read "The Second Coming".

With all of that swirling in my head, plus Hurricane Earl chugging up the coast, I thought cute cat faces from this slightly altered Giulia Geranium post would be fun. As if on cue, a big wet pink feline nose is nudging me to hurry up already.


[images here, here, here, & here via we heart it]

9 comments:

Kat Mortensen said...

Love those kitty-faces, Giulia and Susan.
I remember Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley wrote and performed in "Doctor Doolittle" with Rex Harrison. Well, Newley performed in any case.

Kat

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I love the curious little kitty with the blue collar! How ya doin'. xo Joan@anthinggoeshere

Mary-Laure said...

Unbearably cute.

Re Auden: just finished reading Juliet Gardiner's book (tome, really, at 700+pages) about Britain during WW2. I can never pry myself away from that war, it seems.
One of my favorite war poems: Yeats's An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.

Giulia said...

Excellent choice, the other Yeats. Forgot about it. Thanks. And the Gardiner book isn't here in US! I'm going to scream. She was an advisor on 'Atonement' film. Veddy interesting.

And you know I'm the same about that damn war (as my mum calls it).

simon said...

Nothing better than a cat photo to get you going. I have one of my cat riding a skateboard. Just sitting on it as it rolled along ( wish I cad a video recorder) !

Giulia said...

Simon--you have to let us see it!

Jen said...

Adorable photos.

I had no idea of the history of that poem. Interesting. The poet who truly cracks me up due to his antics is Frost.

Giulia said...

Jen--Oh yes. I have some stuff that might be a little new...not sure. I worked with Frost's grandson...oy vey.

Penney said...

these kitties are all..fabulous!
just like you and Julie..
xo,P