The Tom-Cat Poem by Don Marquis

The Tom-Cat

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 lie on a rug to-morrow
And lick his silky fur,
And veil the brute in his yellow eyes
And play he's tame, and purr.

But at midnight in the alley
He will crouch again and wail,
And beat the time for his demon's song
With the swing of his demon's tail.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: scared
SCHOOL SUCK COC 14 September 2022

I got dis for a lesson

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Alice lol 05 July 2022

I have this poem on my assessment too

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Alice part 2 07 July 2022

OMG sameeee

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janice 09 June 2022

Have this for a year 7 assessment tomorrow can anyone tell me if its hard?

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Me: P 08 June 2022

Guyssss when was this poem written I need to know for my intro in my exam: (

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IDK 14 September 2022

Me not know

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bob 08 June 2022

i have this for year 7 end of year assessment

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leah 12 June 2022


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Me 08 June 2022

Omg same 😂

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[3 08 June 2022

same i think we go to the same skl

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