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MACAVITY : THE MYSTERY CAT |Poetry – A Soft Place To Fall

Hey there peeps, hope you had a fabulous chocolate flavoured Easter!  Here at Custard Cottage there was NO chocolate whatsoever; me and Mr T are trying to fight the battle of the bulge, I’m sorry to say but I think the bulge is winning (insert wistful grin here).  It’s so much harder to keep your weight down when you get past 30 years of age and even harder when you pass the 50 mark and in terms of exercise, we’re not walking as far and as fast as we used to with the dogs (Paddington’s hips are giving him trouble and he can’t walk the same distance he used to when he was a young pup, he also walks a lot more slowly, poor boy).

Sadly for many of us, the holidays are over and it’s time to to get our noses back to the grindstone but take heart my lovely ones, here’s another poetry post that I hope will soften the blow for y’all.

Cats is a musical, based on T S Eliot’s book, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

It’s an extremely popular show that was named during 2015, the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.  Click here to open a new window and listen to Macavity: The Mystery Cat being read by the man himself, T S Eliot.

Alternatively, here is where you’ll find the Cats Musical version of, Macavity: The Mystery Cat.

If you keep both the blog and Soundcloud window open at the same time, you’ll be able to read along silently while listening to the audio version.

Ginger cat portrait in natural light
Sedgefield, Western Cape 2016|Canon EOS60D, 85mm f/4.0, ISO400, 1/160s|Edited in Lightroom


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 one 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 domed;
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!

Collage of ginger cat natural light
Sedgefield, Western Cape 2016|Canon EOS60D, 85mm|top to bottom & right f/2.8, f/4.0, f/2.8 & f/2.8| Edited in Lightroom

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 find a Treaty’s gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair—
But it’s useless to 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 thumb;
Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
At 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!


Ginger cat sitting on brickwall
Sedgefield, Western Cape 2016|Canon EOS60D, 85mm f/1.8, ISO320, 1/250s|Edited in Lightroom

Cats are brilliant aren’t they? Leave me a note in the comments if you have a quirky or special story about your cat.

Yours ’til the cat’s meow,

moi du toi photography

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