Cat in an Empty Apartment

Cat in an Empty Apartment

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Wisława Szymborska "Cat in an Empty Apartment" Die -- you can’t do that to a cat. Since what can a cat do in an empty apartment? Climb the walls? Rub up against the furniture? Nothing seems different here but nothing is the same. Nothing’s been moved but there’s more space. And at nighttime no lamps are lit. Footsteps on the staircase, but they’re new ones. The hand that puts fish on the saucer has changed, too. Something doesn’t start at its usual time. Something doesn’t happen as it should. Someone was always, always here, then suddenly disappeared and stubbornly stays disappeared. Every closet’s been examined. Every shelf has been explored. Excavations under the carpet turned up nothing. A commandment was even broken: papers scattered everywhere. What remains to be done. Just sleep and wait. Just wait till he turns up, just let him show his face. Will he ever get a lesson on what not to do to a cat. Sidle toward him as if unwilling and ever so slow on visibly offended paws, and no leaps or squeals at least to start.

Storyboard Text

  • The house that I live in isn't my home anymore.
  • Die? Nobody should do this to a cat. Because what a cat can do in an empty apartment?
  • The man who gave us this disgusting food isn't our owner!
  • The times when I used to eat with pleasure are over!
  • At first, it seems that nothing has changed...
  • I've peered into all the closets, then I saw an empty wardrobe which was full last week...
  • ...but yet things are different.
  • Footsteps can be heard on the stairway, however they are not the ones.
  • Instead of having fun, cats sleep and wait all day long.
  • As soon as I finally see you, my owner, I won't act excited... Every time I sleep I dream about you!
  • Cats behaved as if nothing had happened, until they run out of idea how to get the owner back home.
  • As long as you are not here we feel lonely and dead inside.
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