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Why The Cat Purrs

Why the Cat Purrs

There once was a Persian Pussycat
Who always loved to pounce
He relished skittering, squeaking mice
That he munched on by the ounce

One day a mouse named Mortimer
Cried: “I’m no tasty treat!
You’ll surely hate my bones and fur
Sticking in your teeth!”

“So Percival, please be merciful 
Have a heart - reconsider – do!
Even a fine feline like yourself
Loathes a messy meal – don’t you?”

“Little mousy morsel purr-haps you’re right”
His Royal Percyness said
“In fact, purr-suade me, impurr-tinent pal 
Make me spare your life instead”

As the cat settled down and fluffed his ruff
Morty’s sweat began to run
Mr. P flashed his beautiful azure eyes
You could tell he was having fun

“All cats love chicken and beef” said the mouse
“It’s so easy to open up tins! 
Say – you could lie on a beach all day
Ingesting fish with great big fins!” 

“As if I would deign to get sand in my coat”
Besides, I already eat those”
I’ve had dinner, but guess who'll be dessert?”
Then swallowed Morty from head to toes

Every breed of cat is purr-fectly content
Chasing and playing with its prey
They have their mouse and eat it too
That’s purr-petually their way

Entry for the Cat Tails Contest by Constance La France

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:45:00 PM
    this was a very cute poem. I see you have not been at soup for a long time. Currently I am hosting a list of my favorite poems. I looked you up as the author of Brown Sands. If you would submit it into my Faves contest it will appear on my winners list when the contest closes. Not really a contest, just a list of some favorite poems of mine. Hope you are well. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/20/2010 7:54:00 PM
    So enjoyed your CAT poem for the contest.. my entry did not win Two Plus One Cat Equals Three but it was fun to write and expand horizons in poetry... I think your poem should have placed in the contest for it was quite enjoyable and your words and rhymes pretty neat... guess we'll just keep on trying... luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 4:59:00 PM
    wow wow wow!!!!! GREAT! light & Love

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 5:12:00 PM
    Corinne~ What a clever poem I think you'll do well in the contest I loved this it made me smile! Laura :)

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 11:10:00 AM
    What a delightful entry to the contest, Corrine!! Love this! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 9:40:00 AM
    Purrfectly original and witty, Corrine! Love the story and the way you bring the both the cat and mouse's personalities to life. Good luck in Constance's contest. Great work! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 9:02:00 AM
    What a CATastrohe for Morty , but it looks like a winner for Corrine , with her clever presentation ...

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 7:01:00 AM
    Kool poem Corinne, it made me chuckle >> James

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 3:46:00 AM
    Very impelling, alluring, and drawing write that should be in the winner's circle in Constance La France's contest. Good Luck. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 1:53:00 AM
    Love this but feel very sorry for Mortimer x