Don Marquis Poems
- The Tom-Cat At midnight in the alley A Tom-cat comes to ...
- The Old Trouper Mehitabeli ran onto mehitabel again last ...
- Archy Confesses Archycoarse jacosity
- Pete the parrot and shakespear... I got acquainted with a ...
- The Fairy and the Firefly One night I saw a battle between a...
Donald Robert Perry Marquis (July 28, 1878, in Walnut, Illinois – June 16, 1937, in New York City) was a humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is remembered best for creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel", supposed authors of humorous verse. more »
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At midnight in the alley
A Tom-cat comes to wail,
And he chants the hate of a million years
As he swings his snaky tail.
Malevolent, bony, brindled
Tiger and devil and bard,
His eyes are coals from the middle of Hell
And his heart is black and hard.
He twists and crouches and capers
And bares his curved sharp claws,
And he sings to the stars of the jungle nights
Ere cities were, or laws.
Beast from world primeval,
He and his leaping clan,
When the blotched red moon leers over the roofs,
Give voice to their scorn of man.
He will ...