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Lullaby For The Cat Minnow, go to sleep and dream, Close your great big eyes; Round your bed Events prepare The pleasantest surprise. Darling Minnow, drop that frown, Just cooperate, Not a kitten shall be drowned In the Marxist State. Joy and Love will both be yours, Minnow, don’t be glum. Happy days are coming soon — Sleep, and let them come… Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

Lullaby For The Cat ~ Elizabeth Bishop

The Spring Is A Cat
The Spring Is A Cat On a cat’s fur soft as pollen, The mild Spring’s fragrance lingers. In a cat’s eyes round as golden bells, The mad Spring’s flame glows. On a cat’s gently closed lips, The soft Springs’ drowsiness lies. On a cat’s sharp whiskers, The green Spring’s life dances. Jang Hi Lee translated Chang Soo Koh  

The Spring Is A Cat ~ Jang Hi Lee

the tyger william blake
  The Tyger Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes! On what wings dare he aspire! What the hand, dare sieze the fire? And what shoulder, & what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? & what dread feet? What the hammer? what the […]

The Tyger ~ William Blake

~ The last words and thoughts for the wondrous creatures who have shared our lives are often trapped in our minds and can’t get out. Sometimes only the poets and writers can say it best. ~     Last Word To A Dumb Friend Pet was never mourned as you, Purrer of the spotless hue, Plumy tail, and wistful gaze While you humoured our queer ways, Or outshrilled your morning call Up the stairs and through the hall – Foot […]

Last Word To A Dumb Friend ~ Thomas Hardy

Last Word To A Dumb Friend
    Black Cat A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place your sight can knock on, echoing; but here within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze will be absorbed and utterly disappear: just as a raving madman, when nothing else can ease him, charges into his dark night howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels the rage being taken in and pacified. She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen into her, so that, […]

Black Cat ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

kitten falling leaves
It’s the last day of September. Skies are grey, wind is whipping. Colors are changing. Yes, it’s autumn. A busy time for cats. The Kitten and the Falling Leaves That way look, my infant, lo! What a pretty baby-show! See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall. Withered leaves – one – two and three from the lofty elder tree. Though the calm and frosty air, of this morning bright and fair. Eddying round and round […]

The Kitten And The Falling Leaves ~ William Wordsworth

Last Word To A Dumb Friend
Cat and Lady They were at play, she and her cat, And it was marvellous to mark The white paw and the white hand pat Each other in the deepening dark. The stealthy little lady hid Under her mittens’ silken sheath Her deadly agate nails that thrid The silk-like dagger points of death. The cat purred primly and drew in Her claws that were of steele filed thin: The devil was in it all the same. And in the boudoir, […]

Cat And Lady ~ Paul Verlaine

the owl and pussycat roald dahl
This post contains an affiliate link The Owl and the Pussy-cat The Owl and the Pussy-cat went away In a beautiful pea-green car. At a nearby inn they had some gin And  pound of caviar. The Owl looked up to the stars above And sang to a small guitar, “Oh lovely Pussy! Oh Pussy my love! What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, What a beautiful Pussy you are!” Pussy said to the Owl, “Oh, you dirty old fowl! […]

The Owl And The Pussy-Cat ~ Roald Dahl

I’m Only a Cat I’m only a cat, and I stay in my place… Up there on your chair, on your bed or your face! I’m only a cat, and I don’t finick much… I’m happy with cream and anchovies and such! I’m only a cat, and we’ll get along fine… As long as you know I’m not yours… you’re all mine! Anonymous

I’m Only A Cat ~ Anonymous

poems by cats
This post contains affiliate links.   I Could Pee On This And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano is pocket sized book of poetry that packs such a punch of wit, truth and observation that after reading it – if you don’t understand cat behavior – you might, just might get it. Quirky and perceptive this little volume is humorous, pointed and in spare words portrays the aloof, somewhat superior attitude that cats often leave their human’s feeling. After reading this […]

I Could Pee On This And Other Poems By Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

House With A Garden I’d like to have a country house with a very large garden–not so much for the flowers, for the trees, and the greenery (they too must certainly be present; they’re exceedingly lovely) but so that I can have animals. Ah, to have animals! At the least, seven cats–two of them jet black, and two all white as snow, for the contrast. An estimable parrot so I can listen to him saying things with emphasis and conviction. […]

House With A Garden ~ Constantine P Cavafy

see the kitten on the wall
See The Kitten On The Wall See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall, Withered leaves – one – two – and three, from the lofty elder tree! Through the calm and frosty air, of this morning bright and fail… -But the kitten, how she starts; Crouches, stretches, paws and darts! First at one, and then its fellow, just as light and just as yellow; There are many now-now one-now they stop and there are none; […]

See The Kitten On The Wall ~ William Wordsworth

Cat licking lips
Cat Unfussy lodger, she knows what she wants and gets it: Food, cushions, fires, the run of the garden. I, her night porter in the small hours, Don’t bother to grumble, grimly let her in. To that coldness she purrs assent, Eats her fill and outwits me, Plays hide and seek in the dark house. Only at times, by chance meeting the gaze Of her amber eyes that can rest on me As on a beech-bole, on bracken or meadow […]

Cat ~ Michael Hamburger

Last Word To A Dumb Friend
  The Prayer of The Cat Lord, I am the cat. It is not, exactly, that I have something to ask of You! No – I ask nothing of anyone – but, if You have by some chance, in some celestial barn, a little white mouse, or a saucer of milk, I know someone who would relish them. Wouldn’t You like someday to put a curse on the whole race of dogs? If so I should say. AMEN Carmen Bernos […]

The Prayer Of The Cat ~ Carmen Bernos de Casztold

Last Word To A Dumb Friend
My cat and i Girls are simply the prettiest things My cat and i And we’re always saddened When it’s time for them to leave We watch them titivating (that often takes a while) And though they keep us waiting My cat & i just smile We like to see them to the door Say how sad it couldn’t last Then my cat and i go back inside And talk about the past Roger McGough

My cat and i ~ Roger McGough

the three little kittens
The Three Little Kittens from Mother Goose The three little kittens, they lost their mittens, And they began to cry, “Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear, That we have lost our mittens.” “What!   Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens! Then you shall have no pie.” “Meow, meow, meow.” “Then you shall have no pie.” The three little kittens, they found their mittens, And they began to cry, “Oh, mother dear, see here, see here, For we have found our mittens.” “Put […]

The Three Little Kittens from Mother Goose