You Get a Kitty in a Trice

Photograph Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

The Cat — Ogden Nash

You get a wife, you get a house,
Eventually you get a mouse.
You get some words regarding mice,
You get a kitty in a trice.

By two a.m. or thereabouts,
The mouse is in, the cat is out.
It dawns upon you, in your cot,
The mouse is silent, the cat is not.

Instead of kitty, says your spouse,
You should have got another mouse.

As the cat

William Carlos Williams —Ice boxes and refrigerators

The Great Figure

Rooted they grip down and begin to awaken

Alas! no white chickens

When dreams are broken

Link to You Get a Kitty in a Trice

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