As the cat
climbed over
the top of

the jamcloset
first the right

the the hind
stepped down

into the pit of
the empty
William Carlos Williams


Old Mog comes in and sits on the newspaper
Old fat sociable cat
Thinks when we stroke him he's doing us a favour
Maybe he's right at that.
Joan Aiken

The Kitten

The trouble with a kitten is
Eventually it becomes a
Ogden Nash

Lullaby for the Cat

Minnow, go to sleep and dream,
Close your great big eyes;
Round your bed Events prepare
The pleasantest surprise.

Joy and Love will both be yours,
Minnow, don't be glum.
Happy days are coming soon -
Sleep, and let them come . . .
Elizabeth Bishop

A Cat's Conscience

A dog will often steal a bone,
But conscience lets him not alone,
And by his tail guilt is known.

But cats consider theft a game,
And, howsever you may blame,
Refuse the slightest sign of shame.

When food mysteriously goes,
The changes are that Pussy knows
More than she leads you to suppose.

And hence there is no need for you,
If Puss declines a meal or two,
To feel her pulse and make ado.

Chinese Proverb

A lame cat
is better than a swift horse
when rats infest
the place.

The Cat

One gets a wife, one gets a house,
Eventually one gets a mouse.
One gets some words regarding mice,
One gets a kitty in a trice.
By two A.M., or thereabout,
The mouse is in, the cat is out.
It dawns upon one, in one's cot,
The mouse is still, the cat is not.
Instead of Pussy, says one's spouse,
One should have bought another mouse.
Ogden Nash

A house without a cat, and a well-fed well-petted,
and properly revered cat, may be a perfect house,
perhaps, but how can it prove its title?!
Mark Twain


O lovely bit
Of silky fur
I'd wear you
To the Opera
If you were
Not my cat.
Muriel Schulz