Dad and The Cat and The Tree

Dad and The Cat and The Tree :

Have you ever seen a cat climbing a tree? Sometimes a cat may climb too high and get stuck in the tree. The poor thing can’t come down without help. How would you help it? Surely, not like Dad in the poem. Is Dad a good climber? What were his plans? Read the poem to find out.

This morning a cat got

Stuck in our tree.

Dad said, “Right, just

Leave it to me.”

The tree was wobbly,

The tree was tall.

Mum said, “For goodness’

Sake don’t fall!”

“Fall?” scoffed Dad,

“A climber like me?

Child’s play, this is!

You wait and see.”

He got out the ladder

From the garden shed.

It slipped. He landed

In the flower bed.

“Never mind,” said Dad,

Brushing the dirt

Off his hair and his face

And his trousers and his shirt,

“We’ll try Plan B. Stand

Out of the way!”

Mum said, “Don’t fall

Again, O.K.?”

“Fall again?” said Dad.

“Funny joke!”

Then he swung himself up

On a branch. It broke.

Dad landed wallop

Back on the deck.

Mum said, “Stop it,

You’ll break your neck!”

“Rubbish!” said Dad.

“Now we’ll try Plan C.

Easy as winking

To a climber like me!”

Then he climbed up high

On the garden wall.

Guess what?

He didn’t fall!

He gave a great leap

And he landed flat

In the crook of the tree-trunk —

Right on the cat!

The cat gave a yell

And sprang to the ground,

Pleased as Punch to be

Safe and sound.

So it’s smiling and smirking,

Smug as can be,

But poor old Dad’s






Kit Wright


wobbly : unsteady

for goodness’ sake : an exclamation expressing protest

scoffed : laughed mockingly

child’s play : very easy to do

landed wallop : fell heavily

pleased as Punch : very pleased

safe and sound : unhurt

The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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