Thursday, May 29, 2008

Practical Thursday Part Five

Time for another installment of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats! This week we have a dangerous duo, we hope you enjoy their adventures!

(Also please don't forget that today is George's Third Birthday! We hijacked her bloggie and have a super great party going on over there!)

MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPELTEAZER
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer were a very notorious couple
      of cats.
As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians, tight-rope
      walkers and acrobats
They had an extensive reputation. They made their home in
      Victoria Grove-
That was merely their centre of operation, for they were
      incurably given to rove.
They were very well known in Cornwall Gardens, in
      Launceston Place and in Kensington Square -
They had really a little more reputation than a couple of cats
      can very well bear.

      If the area window was found ajar
      And the basement looked like a field of war,
      If a tile or two came loose on the roof,
      Which presently ceased to be waterproof,
      If the drawers were pulled out from the bedroom chests,
      And you couldn't find one of your winter vests,
      Or after supper one of the girls
      Suddenly missed her Woolworth pearls:
Then the family would say : 'It's that horrible cat!
It was Mungojerrie-or Rumpelteazer!'-And most of the time
      they left it at that.

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer has a very unusual gift of the
      gab.
They were highly efficient cat-burglars as well, and remarkably
      smart as a smash-and-grab.
They made their home in Victoria Grove. They had no regular
      occupation.
They were plausible fellows, and like to engage a friendly
      policeman in conversation.

      When the family assembled for Sunday dinner,
      With their minds made up that they wouldn't get thinner
      On Argentine joint, potatoes and greens,
      And the cook would appear from behind the scenes
      And say in a voice that was broken with sorrow:
      'I'm afraid you must wait and have dinner tomorrow!
      For the joint has gone from the oven-like that !'
Then the family would say : 'It's that horrible cat!
It was Mungojerrie-or Rumpelteazer!'-And most of the time
      they left it at that.

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer had a wonderful way of
      working together.
And some of the time you would say it was luck, and some of
      the time you would say it was weather.
They would go through the house like a hurricane, and no
      sober person could take his oath
Was it Mungojerrie-or Rumpelteazer? or could you have
      sworn that it mightn't be both?

      And when you heard a dining-room smash
      Or up from the pantry there came a loud crash
      Or down from the library came a loud ping
      From a vase which was commonly said to be Ming-
      Then the family would say:'Now which was which cat?
It was Mungojerrie! AND Rumpelteazer!'-And there's nothing
      at all to be done about that!

15 comments:

ML said...

Happy Birthday George. Such a beautiful woofie. Today is also my Birthday/Gotcha Day.
Love & Purrs,
Missy Blue Eyes

pee ess: We'll be over!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

That's a fabulous poem! :)

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy birthday George.
We like nearly all the poems furrom Cats.

goldenshade said...

I would like to hang out with those two just not in MY house!

~Goldie

Team Tabby said...

We have Mungogerrie and Rumpelteazer at our house, but they are not real and are breakable - too bad. We hope George has a super birthday!

Mindy & Moe

Mickey said...

Now that was a cool poem!! Hahahaha I liked that. Maybe Sammy Meezer gets his ideas from them :)
Purrs Mickey

DEBRA said...

We love these poems too.
Happy purrday George!

Purrss
Abby

Jimmy Joe said...

That's a great poem. I always like stories about kitties who get away with lots of fun adventures. I stopped by Georgie's surprise party, too: great idear, buddies!
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Queen Snickers and Empress said...

Ha ha love it!! Now momma is singing it! We're off to the party!! See you there Jake! ~Queen Snickers

The Furry Kids said...

I like that poem!

Bert,
Yes I will go to George's party and I would love to go to the wedding with you, too.
Love and whiskie kissies,
Tazo

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

I love those poems!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We love dem poems! Yoo guys threw a great surprise party fur George, we is popping in and out and haffing a great time...

Tybalt said...

This is one of my mommy's favorites!

Lorianna said...

Hi, Billie's Mommie here. Thank you for visiting and sending well wishes.
You're from Michigan too? :) To be honest I would rather live somewhere warmer! It's been a cold spring.
Pearl, Jake, Boo and George are super cute! My beloved Tookie who went to the Bridge is formally named Jake, but I call her Tookie as a nickname.
It's been a rough month for kitties and their beans. I hope summertime is a happier time!
Have a really great weekend!
Hugs and Purrs,
Lorianna

ML said...

Just came back to thank you for stopping by my blog and wishing me a Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day.
Purrs,
Missy Blue Eyes