Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MYSTERIOUS CAT, by NICHOLAS VACHEL LINDSAY



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THE MYSTERIOUS CAT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw a proud, mysterious cat
Last Line: Mew ... Mew ... Mew.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lindsay, Vachel
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


I saw a proud, mysterious cat,
I saw a proud, mysterious cat,
Too proud to catch a mouse or rat --
Mew, mew, mew.

But catnip she would eat, and purr,
But catnip she would eat, and purr,
And goldfish she did much prefer --
Mew, mew, mew.

I saw a cat -- 'twas but a dream,
I saw a cat -- 'twas but a dream,
Who scorned the slave that brought her cream --
Mew, mew, mew.

Unless the slave were dressed in style,
Unless the slave were dressed in style,
And knelt before her all the while --
Mew, mew, mew.
Did you ever hear of a thing like that?
Did you ever hear of a thing like that?
Did you ever hear of a thing like that?
Oh, what a proud, mysterious cat.
Oh, what a proud, mysterious cat.
Oh, what a proud, mysterious cat.
Mew ... mew ... mew.




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