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,
He’s now just another librarian.