A Cat Is

By Adrien Stoutenburg


soft and warm, and sings,
and likes to play with twisty things
like yarn and strings
or bouncy balls.
He also thinks bare trees are nice,
especially if they move like mice.

It’s safer, when he wants to play,
to keep your shoes on
(at least partway),
and offer him some other toy
instead of you.
A leaf, or just a shadow,
will do.