Cat by A.M.G. Parsley. Text by Don Marquis (below). Design and Calligraphy by David Kessler.
Poem text from Archy and Mehitabel: Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat over the roofs from flat to flat we prance with capers corybantic what though a boot should break a slat mehitabel us for the life romantic we would rather be rowdy and gaunt and free and dine on a diet of roach and rat than slaves to a tame society ours is the zest of the alley cat fish heads freedom a frozen sprat dug from the gutter with digits frantic is better than bores and a fireside mat mehitabel us for the life romantic when the pendant moon in the leafless tree clings and sways like a golden bat i sing its light and my love for thee ours is the zest of the alley cat missiles around us fall rat a tat tat but our shadows leap in a ribald antic as over the fences the world cries scat mehitabel us for the life romantic persian princess i dont care that for your pedigree traced by scribes pedantic ours is the zest of the alley cat mehitabel us for the life romantic
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