Posted by: deirdrea | June 11, 2010

The Cat and the Moon

The Cat and the Moon, originally uploaded by deirdrej.

Hi, everybody!

I’ve been silent for a long time, I know — but I am resolved, that is going to change! It’s been a crazy Spring, and promises to be a busy Summer — but hopefully a good one!

So, now you’re wondering about the picture (at least I hope you are!)
It’s a multimedia painting/drawing I did a few years ago, inspired by one of my favorite poems. (I have hundreds!)
I just uploaded the picture to my flickr account today, along with some other artwork, new and old.

As for my favorite poem (which, as I’ve said, is one of hundreds!) It’s “The Cat and The Moon” by William Butler Yeats. And here it is, in case you’d like to read it.


by: W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

THE cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon,
The creeping cat, looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For, wander and wail as he would,
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass
Lifting his delicate feet.
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
When two close kindred meet,
What better than call a dance?
Maybe the moon may learn,
Tired of that courtly fashion,
A new dance turn.
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
From moonlit place to place,
The sacred moon overhead
Has taken a new phase.
Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils
Will pass from change to change,
And that from round to crescent,
From crescent to round they range?
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
Alone, important and wise,
And lifts to the changing moon
His changing eyes.


  1. Yay! So nice to see you back here – cross-post to your lj, please, as I think some of our friends would love this one.

  2. Thanks, Mary! I’ll do that (eventually)!
    See you soon!


  3. You really did a great job, looking like a traditional charcoal drawing.

  4. Hello Deirdre, I have been following a trail online that started at deviantART. I think I have the right person. My brother is Joda. If that means what I think it does to you, I would really, really love to hear from you. Can you please contact me?

  5. Hi, Rae-Ann,
    I’m afraid I’m not the person you’ve been looking for — I actually don’t have a deviantart account. But good luck in your search, and thanks for your comment.

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