The Overture from Cats.
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We have had cats named: YumYum, KopyKitten, Swiggletail, Trish, Stacey, Saucerpaws, Bunnie, Puss, Blacky, and Herb.
They have been black, striped, calico, white, and brown.
We had the prize winning Charlotte Magnolia Nightengale, and her best friend C. Amanda Tiffany.
Our Christmas cat Noel Christina,
and we even had a cat named Dog.
But did you know.......................

The Naming of Cats
T. S. Eliot, Old Possumís Book of Practical Cats

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isnít just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first Iím mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must
First of all, thereís the name that the family use daily,

Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Johnathan, George or Bill Bailey --
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames;

Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter-
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name thatís particular;
A name thatís peculiar, and more dignified.
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,

Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopuat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorium -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond thereís still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same;
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name


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