A Cat's Example

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A Cat's Example
written by William Henry Davies
From "The Loneliest Mountain", 1939 Link to further information




For three whole days I and my cat
Have come up here, and patiently sat -
We sit and wait on silent Time;
He for a mouse that scratched close by,
At a hole where he sets his eye -
And I for some music and rhyme.

Is this the poet's secret, that
He waits in patience, like this cat,
To start a dream from under cover?
A cat's example, too, in love,
With Passion's every trick and move,
Would burn up any human lover.

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