The Owl and the Pussycat sailed through the air

The Owl and the Pussycat sailed through the air,

In a vintage green balloon.

They ate all their honey,

Spending far too much money;

Eating quince with a runcible spoon.

They floated down beside the sea

In the light of a daytime moon.

“Oh Pussy my love”

Said the Owl to the Cat,

“It’s a beach hut in place of a balloon for us”.

“A beach hut in place of a balloon”.

Replied the cat to the elegant fowl,

“As long as it’s pea green and fish can be seen,

We’ll dance there cheek by jowl.

Dance cheek by jowl”.

(A poor tribute to Edward Lears’ original nonsense rhyme. For the original rhyme and another painting of The Owl and the Pussycat see here.)

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“The Owl and the Pussycat sailed in the air”

31 thoughts on “The Owl and the Pussycat sailed through the air

  1. there is a marvellous sci-fi writer, neal asher, who has borrowed the words runcible spoon from mr lear, and used it for something quite different indeed.

    i love your air balloon.

    • Thank you Lois! I have never actually been in a hot air balloon myself as I am scared of heights but I love watching other people in them. Sometimes in the early morning, when I am driving my sons to sport training, I get to watch them floating above Melbourne, so beautiful…

      • They really are beautiful. I’m not afraid of heights, although I’m afraid of how many bones I may break if I fall from those heights, but I can still be found on the top of a ridge looking down for the pleasure of the view. I’ve only ever been in a tethered balloon so I can’t tell you much about what it’s really like up there floating around.

      • I agree they are beautiful, one of my friends went up in one at dawn for a special birthday and floated over the Yarra Valley, a wine growing area. He said it was amazing.

  2. I just love this piece! So whimsical and inviting…I think it might be my most favorite of yours yet. And nice job with the poem, too. You are one creative lady, Jennifer! Peace to your heart

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