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4/25 poetry rec, and Ebay - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
4/25 poetry rec, and Ebay
For today's rec, just a fun one I nearly forgot about, because one of its primary words has become obscene at some point, which is too bad, because it's an adorable poem, as long as you remember that the word refers to a feline. It may well be very dirty if you don't assume that, but it doesn't seem quite that way, since owls, as far as I know, do not have a complementary meaning.

THE Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
         In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
         Wrapped up in a five pound-note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
         And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
         What a beautiful Pussy you are,
                  You are,
                  You are!
         What a beautiful Pussy you are.'

Read the rest.

On an unrelated subject, I apparently have absolutely nothing of value on Ebay. I have a nice plush Fievel that I've kept carefully, a big plush Strawberry Shortcake, and a healthy storytelling/topsyturvey doll. All of which get an average of less than the shipping costs. And all the Taco Bell SW toys I saved so carefully in their wrappers, apparently a lot of other people also did. Sheesh. I think I just need to find a maple leaf with an image of Elvis on it or something.


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brightcukettles From: brightcukettles Date: April 26th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi, I don't think i've ever commented before, but I followed Shifts and Shades (absolutely love them both) here from the Sugarquill.
Wow, talk about bringing back memories! I remember reading this for the first time in my grade 3 english class (in India!) and I loved it then. Thanks for reccing it!
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: April 26th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, i used to sing that poem! I don't know if I made up the tune but I think it was on a tape I had or something... And then it was a useful lullaby when I babysat a lot. I hadn't thought of that in years!
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: April 26th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
As a child, I had a beautifully illustrated book of just this poem.
From: tree_and_leaf Date: April 26th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Goodness, does the obscene meaning really dominate to such an extent in the US? It doesn't in Britain.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 26th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. I'm not sure that a lot of kids I know know that "pussy" also means cat!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 26th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)


Erm.. completely off-topic, but are you ever going to write Star Wars fan fiction ever again?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 26th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT

I doubt it. :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: April 26th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT

that's a big pity. :(

dissapointed fan
matril From: matril Date: April 26th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, I too had an illustrated book of this poem, and I remember thinking, as an ever literal-minded child, "It'd never work. He's a bird, she's a mammal."
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking as a possibly hopelessly naive American, I had to go look up the less G-rated meaning. Now that I know, I think I'll try and forget it.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 26th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good. :)

Maybe I just spend way too much time with adolescents.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: April 26th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I only learned the not-G-rated meaning a few weeks ago, when it came up in the comments to angua9's essay on The Chamber of Smut. Ugh.
sea_thoughts From: sea_thoughts Date: April 26th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's probably because you Americans use 'kitty' far more than 'pussy'. We hardly ever use 'kitty' over here in the UK. I love this poem, I still know it by heart.
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