Barneycat - For Children - Poem by Don Pearson
(For Suzanna and Harris)
Barnaby is a purposeful cat
He sleeps in the shade all day.
He hides from the mynah birds that swoop
To chase poor Barney away.
They skrark and shriek and steal his food
And laugh at him from the figgy tree
And the thrushes and blackbirds join the fun,
As joyful as can be.
He lies on his back and glares at them,
Waits for the sun to set
Then Barney the hunter starts to prowl
While sleeping birds forget
That a well-fed drowsy cat by day
Turns wild and hungry by night
There's many a rat could pull that tail,
If they hadn't lost the fight.
The hungry cat will climb the tree
And find the hidden nest
He'll eat the birds and the babies too,
Next day in the sun, he'll rest.
5th February 2013
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