Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ménagerie à Trois

From the Lemur Godsmith archives, dated 1902 and signed L.G.-- In this rare and precious photo we glimpse yet another facet of the complex and often misrepresented relationship the poet had with the animal kingdom. It was during this time that for his wife, Normalina, Godsmith purchased a kitten which she promptly named Noneelia. Soon thereafter, he brought into the Godsmith household a baby eel, stating it was strictly for the amusement of the kitten. Though his wife was suspect of his motives, she consented. Sadly, within a fortnight the eel would die of ennui, wishing only for the company of others like it. Also seen here is a portion of Godsmith himself accompanied by his faithful friend Percy the mouse.