Oliver Herford Never Poems
- 1. A Kitten's Fancy
The Kitten mews outside the Door,
The Cat-bird in the Tree,
The Sea-mew mews upon the Shore,
The Catfish in the Sea.
- 2. An Alphabet Of Celebrities
A's Albert Edward, well meaning but flighty,
Who invited King Arthur, the blameless and mighty,
To meet Alcibiades and Aphrodite.
- 3. Facilis Ascensus
Up into the Cherry Tree,
Who should climb but little me,
With both my Paws I hold on tight,
And look upon a pleasant sight.
- 4. The Floor
Here's to the floor,
Our best friend of all,
Who sticks to us close
In the time of our fall.
- 5. Hiram Maxim
From Hiram Maxim's hair you'd think
His specialty was spilling ink--
You'd never dream he'd spilt more blood
Than any one man since the Flood.
- 6. To Neptune
A health to King Neptune,
The boss of the wave!
Who sits on the Ocean
And makes it behave.
- 7. The Shadow Kitten
There's a funny little kitten that tries to look like me,
But though I'm round and fluffy, he's as flat as flat can be;
And when I try to mew to him he never makes a sound,
And when I jump into the air he never leaves the ground.