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...there\\\'s no one like Macavity (cat takes the bus)

terri echolsterri echols kalamazooMember Posts: 4,758 (hmmm...apparently catster fleas inserted a space between the "u" and the "s" in "bus" in the above address...or perhaps it was macavity?) this one made me a bonus, i'm including the t.s. eliot poem from whence the kitty takes his name: Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw-- For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law. He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair: For when they reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there! Macavity, Macavity, there's no on like Macavity, He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity. His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare, And when you reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there! You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air-- But I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there! Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin; You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in. His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly doomed; His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed. He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake; And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake. Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity, For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity. You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square-- But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity's not there! He's outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.) And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard's. And when the larder's looted, or the jewel-case is rifled, Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke's been stifled, Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair-- Ay, there's the wonder of the thing! Macavity's not there! And when the Foreign Office finds a Treaty's gone astray, Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way, There may be a scap of paper in the hall or on the stair-- But it's useless of investigate--Macavity's not there! And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say: "It must have been Macavity!"--but he's a mile away. You'll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumbs, Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums. Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macacity, There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity. He always has an alibit, or one or two to spare: And whatever time the deed took place--MACAVITY WASN'T THERE! And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known (I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone) Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!


  • terri echolsterri echols kalamazooMember Posts: 4,758
    edited 17 February, 2011
    c\'mon! i can\'t be the only t.s. eliot fan on catster...
  • Toffy_VanessaToffy_Vanessa Member Posts: 4,074 ✭✭
    edited 17 February, 2011
    That\'s a great poem! Thanks for sharing it! I\'ve read about Macavity before. What a smart cat, considering he\'s not even orange. I thought this remark someone wrote in the comments section was rather amusing: \"He doesn\'t pay his fare because he has a \"Bus paws\"! :)) The article is a few years old. I wonder how Macavity is doing now. I hope all is well with him.
  • terri echolsterri echols kalamazooMember Posts: 4,758
    edited 17 February, 2011
    what attracted my attention was that macavity is a white cat with one blue eye and one green eye--meaning he is probably deaf on the side with the blue eye. so he\'s probably safer taking the bus, he doesn\'t have to risk crossing the street! smart cat indeed. ah, if only he were orange...he\'d be a hit in BOCU.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 17 February, 2011
    We love T. S. Eliot, but have only been deeply involved with J. Alfred Prufrock and The Wasteland. When I was in High School, my boybriend (true to the pattern, a bit mentally aberrant) used to write ONE LINE of The Wasteland on the blackboard in the Band Room (where we all hung out) every day. More about him later...he was an, er, interesting person.
  • terri echolsterri echols kalamazooMember Posts: 4,758
    edited 17 February, 2011
    my habit from middle school on was to leave this little message in stairwells and bathroom stalls: THE STATEMENT BELOW IS TRUE THE STATEMENT ABOVE IS FALSE i've always loved paradoxes, and i was a fan of strange loops before i ever knew what they were...i was a precocious child, but somewhere along the line i sort of fizzled out.:?
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