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Friday Poem

The Cat i’ the Adage


The adage: “‍the cat loves fish, but doesn’t like to wet its paws.‍”

Shakespeare’s characterization of the adage: “‍Letting ‘‍I dare not‍’ wait upon ‘‍I would‍’ / Like the poor cat i’ the adage.‍”

It seems to me that Shakespeare got it backwards: the adage is about letting “‍I would‍” wait upon “‍I dare not‍”, isn’t it? About the desire to do being subservient to the fear of doing?

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The cat, it’s said, is fond of fish; It has a fresh fish snacking wish. But fish in pools, not on a dish It rarely will attempt to take. To wet it’s paws seems a mistake And so it won’t its hunger sake.

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