Monday, October 31, 2011

Black Cat

A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
your sight can knock on, echoing; but here
within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze
will be absorbed and utterly disappear:

just as a raving madman, when nothing else
can ease him, charges into his dark night
howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels
the rage being taken in and pacified.

She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen
into her, so that, like an audience,
she can look them over, menacing and sullen,
and curl to sleep with them. But all at once

as if awakened, she turns her face to yours;
and with a shock, you see yourself, tiny,
inside the golden amber of her eyeballs
suspended, like a prehistoric fly.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke


  1. I've had the pleasure of following your blog for awhile now. Thanks for sharing this Rilke poem, and the apt image.

  2. what a stunning photo

  3. Oh ~ very scary!!!

    Not really ~ it's actually very beautiful but I was trying to get into the spirit of things. Ha!

    Have a good one Jaime!
    xo Catherine

  4. Wow Jaime, amazing shot and I love the accompanying words. You always inspire me.

  5. OMG!!!!!! This photo is amazing! I mean like totally freaking mind blowing amazing! Happy Halloween my dear!

  6. I just knew it was going to be awesome! Oh, how lovely, spooky, and artistic all at the same time. Wonderful!

  7. wow this is an amazing photo. beautiful!

  8. I gasped when I saw this. I literally gasped. Outloud and full of wonder for this. You, my friend, have SUCH a gift!

  9. my fave photo yet! I like your dark side!

  10. WOW!!! I cannot even tell you how much I love this.

  11. This is stunning ... absolutely stunning!

  12. Hi Jaime,
    I've just discovered your blog and love your photos and writing.

    This image is wonderful and stopped me in my tracks - one of those ones that I wish I'd taken myself! And the poem is perfect for it; I love poetry and it's a huge pleasure to come across a good one I haven't read before.

  13. Adding my "stunning" as well ...

  14. This is the most beautiful photograph of a cat that I have ever seen! Thank you for it!!

  15. When you open your shop and start selling prints, I will be the first one in line to buy this. I know I've said it before, but still... I ADORE this image.