Inside Buddy Foster's World
Hello. This is Simon Killmouseky. Sammie and I have decided to bring you a poem about snow today as we have just experienced a snowstorm (through the apartment windows as we are housecats). We hear that Buddy was exposed to a driving blast of snow by Nanny in an attempt to rid him of this ridiculous idea of going outdoors in winter. Apparently, Buddy was frightened and will not go near the door. Who knows how long this will last, though. Buddy is like the cat in this poem, whereas most cats enjoy the security of being indoors in winter.
On a Night of Snow
Cat, if you go outdoors, you must walk in the snow.
You will come back with little white shoes on your feet,
little white shoes of snow that have heels of sleet.
Stay by the fire, my Cat. Lie still, do not go.
See how the flames are leaping and hissing low,
I will bring you a saucer of milk like a marguerite,
so white and so smooth, so spherical and so sweet –
stay with me, Cat. Outdoors the wild winds blow.
Outdoors the wild winds blow, Mistress, and dark is the night,
strange voices cry in the trees, intoning strange lore,
and more than cats move, lit by our eyes green light,
on silent feet where the meadow grasses hang hoar –
Mistress, there are portents abroad of magic and might,
and things that are yet to be done. Open the door!
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