Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

Lullaby For the Cat


Minnow, go to sleep and dream,
Close your great big eyes;
Round your bed Events prepare
The pleasantest surprise.

Darling Minnow, drop that frown,
Just cooperate,
Not a kitten shall be drowned
In the Marxist State.

Joy and Love will both be yours,
Minnow, don't be glum.
Happy days are coming soon --
Sleep, and let them come...

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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