Yowling Pussy-Cat

Yowling Pussy-Cat

Yowling Pussy-Cat

Sailing with an elephant
Beneath the starry skies,
Hoping that their tiny boat
Would not sink or capsize,

Was not how a pussy-cat,
Caught in this dreadful plight,
Wished to spend what should have been
A sweet romantic night.

Sadness gripped poor pussy-cat
Upon this mournful cruise,
Setting sail without her love
Was giving her the blues.

She dreamt of floating in peace
With her romantic owl.
Not content enough to purr,
All she could do was yowl.

No owl with a sweet guitar,
This lumb’ring elephant.
Thrumming, drumming as he stomped,
Was how her voyage went.

Shadowed by his mighty bulk
And bathing in his musk,
Most sullenly she suffered
As he bragged of his tusks.

No love songs beneath the stars,
No meal of mince or quince.
Neither marriage nor a ring
From handsome feathered prince.

So it was that pussy-cat,
By the light of the moon,
Spent one very lonely night
That could not end too soon.


A bit of whimsy in my second response to the dVerse prompt provided by Lillian, Inspired by Art, to write around one of four images by Catrin Welz-Stein. This one is titled, “Silent Night,” and is used with her permission. Her gallery can be found here.
(With apologies to Edward Lear)

29 thoughts on “Yowling Pussy-Cat

  1. Your poem is great, poor little worried and sad pussycat and the elephant looks a bit worried too. After all, the boat is small. Photo is lovely though.

    I do love ” The Owl and the Pussycat” , it has a warm and dreamy rhythm and the sweetest love story.
    Miriam

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  2. Terrific interpretation of image … yowling seems the apt response … love your extension of what must be on that cat-mind (in addition to dodging elephant hoofs). Especially:
    “Setting sail without her love / Was giving her the blues”
    and
    “…bathing in his musk, / Most sullenly she suffered”
    But what’s a cat to do? There’s WATER all around!!

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