Forbidden Love #poems #poetry #theowlandthepussy-cay

Here’s another top 100 English poems reinterpreted, this time the beautiful The Owl And The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea

To escape the prying attention

Of an intrusive media, and several far seedier

And others too many to mention.

‘Ours is a beautiful love,’ sighed Owl

‘It’d be wrong for it to remain hidden.’

Said Pussy, ‘Oh you beautiful fowl’

‘May those fools with their rules be forgiven


May those fools with their rules be forgiven.’


They sailed far away, intent to make hay

Out of reach, on a beach, by the sea.

But they were pursued, as they still made the news

And they knew they would never be free.

They invited a crew to do an interview

About love between two different species.

But those men in their suits, didn’t give any hoots

Turning the truth into a pile of faeces.


A steaming pile of faeces.


For their love they fought, and ended in court

Fighting for the next generation.

They won the debate, but it was their sad fate

Despite their emancipation,

That they grew far apart; Pussy made a fresh start

With a mole who was an old contrarian,

While dear old Owl has thrown in the towel

And reverted to being a librarian,

A librarian,

He’s now just another librarian.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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16 Responses to Forbidden Love #poems #poetry #theowlandthepussy-cay

  1. Chel Owens says:

    Funny Geoff -but it pains me to see an old favorite changed. 😀

    (You do get bonus point for ‘faeces.’)

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    I knew the original by heart, so I was particularly delighted by your rewrite. I thought of your Royal couple Harry and who’s it.

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  3. Wonderful and beautiful pen! I also write poetry! And I hope you find time reading it too💖

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