Two Little Kittens

Two little kittens,
One stormy night,
Began to quarrel,
And then to fight.

One had a mouse
And the other had none;
And that was the way
The quarrel begun.

“I'll have that mouse,”
Said the bigger cat.
“You'll have that mouse?
We'll see about that!”

“I will have that mouse,”
Said the tortoise-shell;
And, spitting and scratching,
On her sister she fell.

I've told you before
'Twas a stormy night,
When these two kittens
Began to fight.

The old woman took
The sweeping broom,
And swept them both
Right out of the room.

The ground was covered
With frost and snow,
They had lost the mouse,
And had nowhere to go.

So they lay and shivered
Beside the door,
Till the old woman finished
Sweeping the floor.

And then they crept in
As quiet as mice,
All wet with snow
And as cold as ice.

They found it much better
That stormy night,
To lie by the fire,
Than to quarrel and fight.

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djacknga's picture

I remember this poem from a 6 volume set of books when I was a child in the 1950"s.  I think it was called "A Child's World", not sure.
One volume was "Myths and Legends"...it was my favorite.  The poetry volume was gorgeously illustrated and I still can picture some
of the lovely paintings.  Wish I still had them to show the little ones in my life now but sadly, they were destroyed my mildew in storage.
Thanks for the memories!

Deborah Jackson

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