What are you doing there, cat?

I rather like my title; perfect for this week’s Six Word Saturday, borrowed from Alexandre O’Neill’s ‘Gato‘ and a question I’ve asked numerous times of a cat. In the case of the one in my header photograph I could see what she was doing on the chair, but I was curious as to why she had elected to chose a chair right at the end of the pier! Unfortunately at the time not only was she the opposite side of the harbour to me but I didn’t know how to ask her in Portuguese. Thanks to Alexandre’s lovely cat poem I now know exactly what to ask of her and all the others I have met ‘Que fazes por aqui, ó gato? Que ambiguidade vens explorar?

My favourite line though is his final line, as it is one I have pondered even more over the years ‘quem somos nós, teus donos ou teus servos?‘ – who are we, your owners or your slaves?

Author: BeckyB

It's a good life walking, cooking, photographing, volunteering, reading, blogging, and best of all spending time with family, friends & the cat!

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  1. Slaves, definitely slaves. “Dogs have owners; cats have staff” as the saying goes. Ours were always very disapproving when we did something without permission 😉
    Some beautiful cats there.

  2. Fabulous cats. I was always a dog person, but became a cat person when I realised I didn’t have the time to walk the dog. Cats are such independent creatures, though I do wish the neighbour’s cats wouldn’t use my garden as their toilet!

  3. Thank you for introducing me to the poetry of Alexandre O’Neill. I had never heard of him, but reading the poem ‘Gato’ in your blog has made me want to find out more about him.

  4. Oh, I think that last is an easy question, Becky. 🙂 🙂 Wishing you a joyful weekend! What are you up to- Christmas fair, making puddings? We have a lovely crispy frost here and I’m almost looking forward to tiptoeing across the park to t’ai chi.

    1. You are right about that last, but I do like to delude myself into thinking I am the owner!!

      Have fun in the park, I am off to Somerset to collect my Mum, she has a lunch date in Winchester on Monday!

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