Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MOUSE, by ELIZABETH JANE COATSWORTH



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First Line: I heard a mouse
Last Line: "is spread any more."
Alternate Author Name(s): Beston, Henry, Mrs.
Subject(s): Animals; Mice


I heard a mouse
Bitterly complaining
In a crack of moonlight
Aslant on the floor.

"Little I ask
And that little is not granted,
There are very few crumbs
In the world any more.

"The bread box is tin
And I cannot get in.

"The jam's in a jar
My teeth cannot mar.

"The cheese sits by itself
On the pantry shelf.

"All night I run
Searching and seeking,
All night I run
About on the floor.

"Moonlight is there
And a bare place for dancing,
But no little feast
Is spread any more."




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