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Friday, November 22, 2013

Poetry Friday--"Cat: Thanksgiving"

Thanksgiving Poems selected by Myra Cohn Livingston and illustrated by Stephen Gammell [J 808.81 THA] has been on our shelves for 28 Thanksgivings and is still going strong! Of course, one of my favorites from this collection is about a cat, and was written by one of the great children's poets, Valerie Worth. I posted it for Thanksgiving in 2010, but a good poem is worth a second or third or fourth read, so I'm sharing it again.

Cat: Thanksgiving

Now, in lean November,
The silent houses
Huddle in despair,
Every front porch
Forlorn, abandoned to
Its mailbox and its mat--
A patch of cold brown
Stubble, uncomfortable
Even to the cat;

But we, indoors,
Have company and clamor,
Fruitfulness and fire,
Luxury to spare--
So that when she
Runs in, complaining,
We offer her our laps,
And stroke her chilly fur,
And feed her turkey-scraps.

The illustration accompanies the poem in the book. Gammell has certainly got the cat "attitude" down pat!

The Library will be closed next Friday, so there will be no Poetry Friday at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet.

Today, head over to Write. Sketch. Repeat. for the pre-holiday Round-Up.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving--with plenty of turkey-scraps for all (or faux turkey if you're so inclined).


  1. Well, Valerie Worth is just one of my favorites, and has been for a long time. Don't you love "company and clamor, / Fruitfulness and fire..."?

  2. I'm so glad you posted this Valerie Worth poem. There's something so comforting about her words... for cats too I'm betting. You can conduct that experiment and let me know.

  3. Julie, "company and clamor,/Fruitfulness and fire" are a delightful pair of words. I wish I had thought of them!

    Michelle, never, I repeat, NEVER experiment with cats. They will always prove you wrong. Just because they can.