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A Case Of Murder - Poem by Vernon Scannell

They should not have left him there alone,
Alone that is except for the cat.
He was only nine, not old enough
To be left alone in a basement flat,
Alone, that is, except for the cat.
A dog would have been a different thing,
A big gruff dog with slashing jaws,
But a cat with round eyes mad as gold,
Plump as a cushion with tucked-in paws---
Better have left him with a fair-sized rat!
But what they did was leave him with a cat.
He hated that cat; he watched it sit,
A buzzing machine of soft black stuff,
He sat and watched and he hated it,
Snug in its fur, hot blood in a muff,
And its mad gold stare and the way it sat
Crooning dark warmth: he loathed all that.
So he took Daddy's stick and he hit the cat.
Then quick as a sudden crack in glass
It hissed, black flash, to a hiding place
In the dust and dark beneath the couch,
And he followed the grin on his new-made face,
A wide-eyed, frightened snarl of a grin,
And he took the stick and he thrust it in,
Hard and quick in the furry dark.
The black fur squealed and he felt his skin
Prickle with sparks of dry delight.
Then the cat again came into sight,
Shot for the door that wasn't quite shut,
But the boy, quick too, slammed fast the door:
The cat, half-through, was cracked like a nut
And the soft black thud was dumped on the floor.
Then the boy was suddenly terrified
And he bit his knuckles and cried and cried;
But he had to do something with the dead thing there.
His eyes squeezed beads of salty prayer
But the wound of fear gaped wide and raw;
He dared not touch the thing with his hands
So he fetched a spade and shovelled it
And dumped the load of heavy fur
In the spidery cupboard under the stair
Where it's been for years, and though it died
It's grown in that cupboard and its hot low purr
Grows slowly louder year by year:
There'll not be a corner for the boy to hide
When the cupboard swells and all sides split
And the huge black cat pads out of it.

Submitted by Andrew Mayers

Comments about A Case Of Murder by Vernon Scannell

  • Rookie Beyonce Carter (4/9/2013 9:06:00 AM)

    the boy is 9 years old
    there are 9 syllables (roughly) in each line
    cats have (supposedly) 9 lives (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Beyonce Carter (4/9/2013 9:05:00 AM)

    the boy is 9 years old
    there are 9 syllables (roughly) in each line
    cats have (supposedly) 9 lives (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rebecca Blumsom (10/2/2008 2:06:00 PM)

    I learnt this poem when I was 13 for my ESB. I haven't forgotten it! My little sister is learning it for a Poem comp at her school.

    I got a distinction, She'll get a first. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Murder

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  3. 3. It Is Murder , Sylvia Chidi
  4. 4. Happy Dreams Of Murder , BEAU GOLDEN
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  6. 6. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  7. 7. (((((((( You Murder Me When You Murder.. , TaMaRa HaNaRiNg ,(((( PaLeST ..
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  10. 10. Murder, In The First Degree , Tony Avila Sampson
  11. 11. (128) My Very First Murder , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  12. 12. Murder Is Bad And Why? , Lonnie Hicks
  13. 13. A Murder In Chatham , John F. McCullagh
  14. 14. (199) Civilized Murder (Oneryu) , premji premji
  15. 15. Murder , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  16. 16. Murder Me , Tajeeanah Ross
  17. 17. Murder , Amy
  18. 18. Murder , Leon Gellert
  19. 19. (murder Poem) Shades Of Black , Ace Of Black Hearts
  20. 20. The Murder Of William Remington , Howard Nemerov
  21. 21. My Aunt's Murder , Donna Nimmo
  22. 22. '6 Foot 3'......[long; Scary; Gross; Mur.. , Bri Edwards
  23. 23. A Murder! .......(Of Crows) , Kelly Kurt
  24. 24. A Murder -Haiku , 2bpositive 2bpositive
  25. 25. Senryu - 20 (A Murder) , M. Asim Nehal
  26. 26. By My Murder , Is It Poetry
  27. 27. (murder Poem/Story) Above Suspicion , Ace Of Black Hearts
  28. 28. Birth Control Is Murder! , Ramona Thompson
  29. 29. *time Murder, A Guilty Confession , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  30. 30. Murder On My Mind , Paula Glynn
  31. 31. Love Is Murder , Naa naa
  32. 32. (murder Poem) A Soul Stealer , Ace Of Black Hearts
  33. 33. The Destruction Of Hate-Murder The Beast , Melvina Germain
  34. 34. Did She Get Away With Murder? , Ramona Thompson
  35. 35. Murder And More Murder, Sex, Rock'N Roll.. , Is It Poetry
  36. 36. Being Accused Of Murder Is A Weight(Y) .. , Joe Rosochacki
  37. 37. Insane Culture Of Mass-Murder” (The Bill.. , Trade Martin
  38. 38. The Murder Of Humanity , Arfa Iris
  39. 39. A Murder Without Weapon , Hasmukh Amathalal
  40. 40. Murder Is Murder , Jared Ashby
  41. 41. Murder , Tajeeanah Ross
  42. 42. I Murder Hate , Robert Burns
  43. 43. Crabicide: Who Hides From It? ........ .. , Bri Edwards
  44. 44. Murder In The Womb , Dr. Yogesh Sharma
  45. 45. The Un-Perfect Murder... , Frank James Ryan Jr (FjR)
  46. 46. Murder By Suicide , Amy Stuart
  47. 47. Murder? , Chloe Smith
  48. 48. The Death Penalty Is Murder , Francis Duggan
  49. 49. ...Murder... , Sarah Ibrahim
  50. 50. Murder Will Not Get You To Heaven , Spock the Vegan
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