The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
With cat flap in hull, their chances were null,
The vessel would remain afloat.
The Owl glared at the feline unwise,
And sang to an air guitar,
“O silly Pussy! O Pussy, our demise,
I wish we had travelled by car, by car, by car,
I wish we had travelled by car.”
Deviating from the Christmas theme for the moment, this cartoon was created many years ago, but hadn’t really seen the light of day until now. There were some changes made in the recreation process, including shadows which weren’t on the original and grey blobs on the moon, hopefully representing craters. Of course the original wasn’t in colour either, so that’s new too.
Thinking about cats and their use of cat flaps, it occurred to me that the cat in “The Owl and the Pussy cat” poem would probably like a cat flap to get in and out of the boat at will (not that there is anywhere to go out at sea). This, naturally, would have devastating consequences on their pea-green boat’s ability to resist water.
It was only last night as I was thinking about this drawing, that I decided it should have an accompanying poem to describe it in more detail. The result is the verse above, adapted from the original “The Owl and the Pussycat” poem by Edward Lear (1812 – 1888).
A version with the verse printed on the moon (shown above) is available from Redbubble.