Poem04.The Cat That Walked by Himself

The cat that walked by himself

Rudyard Kipling

Pussy can sit by the fire and sing,

Pussy can climb a tree,

Or play with a silly old cork and string

To `muse herself, not me.

But I like Binkie my dog, because

He knows how to behave;

So, Binkie`s the same as the First Friend was,

And I am the Man in the Cave!


Pussy will play man-Friday till

It`s time to wet her paw

And make her walk on the window-sill

(For the footprint Crusoe saw);

Then she fluffles her tail and mews,

And scratches and won`t attend.

But Binkie will play whatever I choose,

And he is my true First Friend!


Pussy will rub my knees with her head

Pretending she loves me hard;

But the very minute I go to my bed

Pussy runs out in the yard,

And there she stays till the morning-light;

So I know it is only pretend;

But Binkie, he snores at my feet all night,

And he is my Firstest Friend!

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