Purrsday Poetry: The Mysterious Cat 

The Mysterious Cat

by

Vachal Lindsay in 1931

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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4 thoughts on “Purrsday Poetry: The Mysterious Cat 

  1. Hangaku Gozen says:

    I could almost hear the tom-toms and drums as I read this poem, lol. Vachal Lindsay felt his poetry should be chanted with percussion and sound effects in the background. It doesn’t surprise me at all that he would write an ode to a very proud cat!

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