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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The Tortoiseshell Cat

I've always loved this poem. When I first heard it at school, it was supposed to illustrate the use of imagery and metaphors, which went way above my head at the time. I loved it because it was a poem about cats. I love cats.

Thanks to our friend, the Internet, I can now share it with you. Hope you love it like I do.

Meow!

EJ


THE TORTOISESHELL CAT
by Patrick Reginald Chalmers (first published in Punch magazine, 4 March 1914)

The Tortoiseshell cat
She sits on the mat
As gay as a sunflower, she;
In orange and black you see her blink,
And her waistcoat's white, and her nose is pink
And her eyes are green of the sea.
But all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight's coming and close of day,
And every cat in the twilight's gray,
Every possible cat.

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The tortoiseshell cat
She is smooth and fat,
And we call her Josephine,
Because she weareth upon her back
This coat of colors, this raven black,
This red of the tangerine.
But all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight follows the brightest day,
And every cat in the twilight's gray,
Every possible cat.

Source: Cat Quotations