It is obvious to me that Ciardi was a cat lover, so, I'm sharing two cat poems from the book. The first is "My Cat, Mrs. Lick-a-Chin":
Some of the cats I know about
Spend a little time in and a lot of time out.
Or a lot of time out and a little time in.
But my cat, Mrs. Lick-a-chin,
Never knows where she wants to be.
If I let her in she looks at me
And begins to sing that she wants to go out.
So I open the door and she looks about
And begins to sing, "Please let me in!"
Poor silly Mrs. Lick-a-chin!
The thing about cats, as you may find,
Is that no one knows what they have in mind.
And I'll tell you something about that:
No one knows it less than my cat.
The second I'm posting with the Edward Gorey illustration that accompanies it. Gorey was the perfect choice of illustrator for this book!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Ciardi! The poetry celebration continues at Random Noodling where you'll find more Ciardi as well as this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.