This poem was originally published alongside many student poems in the Mendocino Poets in the Schools 2016 County Anthology. This Spring I was teaching rhyme to a class of fourth graders when one student raised her hand and said, “Why don’t we read your cat poem?” It turns out the kids like it, which is about as high a compliment as a poem can get.
Cat Gone Two Weeks
by Jasper Henderson
Cat be nimble Cat be quick
Cat sleep on window And then get sick
Cat be happy Cat be sad
Cat bites ankle Cat is mad
Cat be bored Cat be aware
Cat hear noise Cat get scared
Cat be fat Cat be in love
Master’s home Time for a rub
Cat be hungry Cat meows
Food bowl refilled Cat chows
Cat in the hat Cat in a box
Cat in a fight Sounds like a fox
Cat is tired Cat takes a nap
Cat wins a job The better mouse trap
Cat on a fence Cat in a hole
Cat in hiding place Where did cat go?
Cat has gone out Cat is due back
Where could cat be? Alas and alack!
Cat has gone missing Cat just flat gone
Cat left no clue Cat left no song
Cat was so mean Cat did us wrong
Cat gone two weeks Cat gone too long
Cat came back! Just yesterday
Cat sauntered in We said hoo-ray!
Cat is the best Cat is my friend
Cat needs a rest So this is the end