Thursday, June 19, 2008

Practical Thursday Part Eight

Happy Thursday! It's time for yet installment of "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" - this week it one of Mommy's favorites, we're sure you'll all be singing this all day. Enjoy!

MR. MISTOFFELEES
You ought to know Mr. Mistoffelees!
The Original Conjuring Cat-
(There can be no doubt about that).
Please listen to me and don't scoff. All his
Inventions are off his own bat.
There's no such Cat in the metropolis;
He holds all the patent monopolies
For performing surprising illusions
And creating eccentric confusions.
    At prestidigitation
        And at legerdemain
    He'll defy examination
        And deceive you again.
The greatest magicians have something to learn
From Mr. Mistoffelees' Conjuring Turn.
Presto!
    Away we go!
        And we all say: OH!
            Well I never!
            Was there ever
            A Cat so clever
                As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!

He is quiet and small, he is black
From his ears to the tip of his tail;
He can creep through the tiniest crack
He can walk on the narrowest rail.
He can pick any card from a pack,
He is equally cunning with dice;
He is always deceiving you into believing
That he's only hunting for mice.
    He can play any trick with a cork
        Or a spoon and a bit of fish-paste;
    if you look for a knife or a fork
        And you think it is merely misplaced-
You have seen it one moment, and then it is gawn!
But you'll find it next week lying out on the lawn.
        And we all say: OH!
            Well I never!
            Was there ever
            A Cat so clever
                As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!

His manner is vague and aloof;
You would think there was nobody shyer-
But his voice has been heard on the roof
When he was curled up by the fire.
And he's sometimes been heard by the fire
When he was about on the roof-
(at least we all heard somebody who purred)
Which is incontestable proof
    Of his singular magical powers:
        And I have known the family to call
    Him in from the garden for hours,
        While he was asleep in the hall.
And not long ago this phenomenal Cat
Produced seven kittens right out of a hat!
        And we all say: OH!
            Well I never!
            Was there ever
            A Cat so clever
                As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!


13 comments:

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

We love the book and the musikal! The Big Thing reads us the poems sometimes while we are all sittin around.

MISS PEACH >(^.^) said...

Oh how mommy loves this musical too! We know all the songs and wish we could dance like those cats can!

goldenshade said...

Very nice!!!

Praline said...

My mom just loved the Broadway Show - she even thought she may have seen me in there.

DEBRA said...

we love the musical too!!

Bert we have tagged you...

Purrs
Abby

Mickey said...

That was just awesome!! I liked that :)
Purrs Mickey

The Furry Kids said...

Cats are very practical. I'm just saying.


Love and whiskie kissies to Bert!
Tazo

Queen Snickers and Empress said...

Visiting on Thursday is quite fun! Momma does start singing though! Are you coming over to my house to get ready for Dante's birthday party tomorrow Jake? ~Queen Snicker

Tybalt said...

That is one of mommy's favorites!!!! Oh no . . .she's singing! *covers ears with paws*

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

Oh, good one!! Pearl, I am so excited to see you tommorow for my party! I cannot wait to cuddle with you as the sunsets!! - Yours furrever, Dante

PS: Beaux says he thinks that George will be beautiful in whatever she wears but that his collar is red so the red bandana would match him.

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

See me at the party? What party is that?

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Me again. My Mum saw Cats in London and she said it was the most amazing show she has ever seen. Sometimes she puts on the CD and sings along with it - I wish she would just listen to the CD 'cause she can't sing very good.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Woohoo, that was great::clap, clap, clap::...it would haf been purrfekt if mom hadn't sung along.