Poem (As the cat) by William Carlos Williams

Gotta love film students for keeping the medium irreverent. This is by Kurt Snyder. Here’s the text of the poem:

As the cat
climbed over
the top of

the jamcloset
first the right

then the hind
stepped down
into the pit of
the empty


  1. Reply
    Bluegrass Poet 12 April, 2010

    I’ll have to say, my cats have always acted more like this. I remind them frequently that they aren’t supposed to clear off the tops of surfaces but slither gracefully over, under, around. They never listen.

    Good one.

  2. Reply
    Michelle 22 May, 2016

    People are always interpreting this poem as a clumsy moment in a cat’s life, but a careful reading reveals that the cat’s front paw descends into the flower pot first, followed by the hind leg. No catastrophic slip, but a deliberate entrance into the empty flower pot. I’ve seen my cats do this a hundred times with boxes or any empty container. They are forever getting into containers smaller than they are, like shoe boxes, and hunching down to nap or spy on someone/thing. Flower pots come in a variety of sizes too.

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 26 May, 2016

      I think your interpretation is correct. The animation is fun but not terribly edifying.

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