Curiosity, di Alastair Reid

Una poesia sui gatti di Alastair Reid che trovo deliziosa:


may have killed the cat; more likely

the cat was just unlucky, or else curious

to see what death was like, having no cause

to go on licking paws, or fathering

litter on litter of kittens, predictably.

Nevertheless, to be curious

is dangerous enough. To distrust

what is always said, what seems,

to ask old questions, interfere in dreams,

leave home, smell rats, have hunches

do not endear cats to those doggy circles

where well-smelt baskets, suitable wives, good lunches

are the order of things, and where prevails

much wagging of incurious heads and tails.

Face it. Curiosity

will not cause us to die—

only lack of it will.

Never to want to see

the other side of the hill

or that improbable country

where living is an idyll

(although a probably hell)

would kill us all.

Only the curious

have, if they live, a tale

worth telling at all.

Dogs say cats love too much, are irresponsible,

are changeable, marry too many wives,

desert their children, chill all dinner tables

with tales of their nine lives.

Well, they are lucky. Let them be

nine-lived and contradictory,

curious enough to change, prepared to pay

the cat price, which is to die

and die again and again,

each time with no less pain.

A cat minority of one

is all that can be counted on

to tell the truth. And what cats have to tell

on each return from hell

is this: that dying is what the living do,

that dying is what the loving do,

and that dead dogs are those who do not know

that dying is what, to live, each has to do.


Oggi primo giorno di Ramadam. The Sufi phenomenon is not easy to sum up or define. The Sufis never set out to found a new religion, a mazhab or denomination. They were content to live and work within the framework of the Moslem religion, using texts from the Quran much as Christian mystics have used to Bible to illustrate their tenets. Their aim was to purify and spiritualize Islam from within, to give it a deeper, mystical interpretation, and infuse into it a spirit of love and liberty. In the broader sense, therefore, in which the word religion is used in our time, their movement could well be called a religious one, one which did not aim at tying men down with a new set of rules but rather at setting them free from external rules and open to the movement of the spirit.

Se la tua connessione lo permette, puoi anche ascoltare la musica Sufi.

Lo zio d’America

Lo zio d’America

Chi di noi non ha uno zio d’America? Sono andato sul sito di Ellis Island a cercare il mio, e ne ho trovati cento. Chissà cosa fanno? Chi sono? Come vivono? Fanno anche loro delle ricerche su Internet per vedere se hanno parenti in Italia?

Sembrava presto pensare al Natale ora

In realtà non è così… infatti a giorni partirà la tradizionale preparazione dell’unico presepe animato a Vercelli… che sarà attivo ai primi giorni di dicembre. Sì ormai è una tradizione che continua da ca. 40 anni quando a mio padre venne l’idea di trasformale il piccolo presepe in qualcosa di “animato” e così anno dopo anno si è ingrandito finchè ha occupato un’intero locale della casa… Il ruscello con l’acqua che scorre veramente, il giorno e la notte, le statue in movimento, l’effetto neve, sono alcuni degli effetti che rendono il presepe “vivo”. E anche quest’anno è arrivato il momento di iniziare la preparazione per assicurare la piena funzionalità tra qualche settimana.

Le vere notizie sono le cose che ci capitano

Le vere notizie sono le cose che ci capitano.

La vera mondanità sono le feste a cui andiamo.


ANSA, november 15 2001 4:46 pm CET

In an unprecedented move to control exponential growth, Gaspar Torriero announced today that he will undergo a rigurous 30-day dieting program in which the following food will be strictly avoided:

– dolci e zucchero (la parte facile)

– salumi e insaccati vari (dura…)

– formaggi tutti (molto dura…)

– pane a tavola (durissima…)

– fuoripasto e aperitivi (impossibile)

Mr. Torriero hopes to resume normal dietary habits in time for Christmas season.

While Mrs. Torriero politely refused a comment, Torriero Jr. declared that he is aggressively fighting against the discontinuation of Kettle Chips consumption in his house.