Living with animals

by Wolf Pascoe on October 30, 2010


I’ve always loved this lyric of Whitman’s:


I think I could turn and live with animals, they are
so placid and self – contain’d,
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the
mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived
thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

–Walt Whitman

I read it to Nick.
“I like it,” he said.
“Do you think our cat is like the animals in the poem?”
“Our cat is a goofball,” he said.

I can think of nothing to add. I still love the poem.


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Nora's Sister October 31, 2010 at 12:28 am

I know your cat – he IS a goofball. Love that Walt Whitman piece.

Here’s one of my favorite dog quotes too:

“Dogs and daffodils alone retain their sanity”.
-Virginia Wolff


Wolf Pascoe October 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm

We’re working on a dog. But that’ s another story.


Sirena October 31, 2010 at 12:31 am

I personally try to be more like our dogs. They don’t worry about anything, well, except maybe when they’ll get the next dog treat…


Wolf Pascoe October 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Are you one of those “dogs are boys, cats are girls” sort of people?


Tracy TC November 2, 2010 at 1:01 am

We’ve been “working” on a dog, too. Maybe we should timeshare one! Two more families and I’m in! 🙂


Wolf Pascoe November 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

I’m all over it. You take the first two weeks and get him housebroken.


BigLittleWolf February 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

“Our cat is a goofball.”



Wolf Pascoe February 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm

And true.


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