I have a white cat whose name is Moon;
He eats catfish from a wooden spoon,
And sleeps till five each afternoon.
Moon goes out when the moon is bright
And sycamore trees are spotted white
To sit and stare in the dead of night.
Beyond still water cries a loon,
Through mulberry leaves peers a wild baboon,
And in Moon’s eyes I see the moon.
William Jay Smith, "Moon" from Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense. Copyright © 1980 by William Jay Smith. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Source: Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense
(Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1980)
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