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Longer Narrative Poems
for Children

By Josie Whitehead

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Based on an Aesop's Fable

By Josie Whitehead

Belling the Cat

Once there was a *wily cat – 
     Worse than all the rest –
But, when it came to catching mice,
      He surely was the best.  


The little mice were terrified
     And discussed the subject well,
And one mouse had a bright idea: 
     ‘Let’s get that cat a bell.’

‘We’d surely hear when he’s about,
      Of that there is no doubt.’
His friend said: ‘I’ll go to the shops
    When pussy’s not about.’

The eldest mouse had heard all this
      And hadn't said a word - 
But he quietly added his advice:
      ‘Your plan is quite absurd.'

‘There’s something you should ask yourselves:
      Just who will ‘bell’ that cat?
It’s no good making all your plans
     If you haven’t thought of that!’

* Wily: especially deceitful

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Moral:  Make sure you think your plans through thoroughly

before jumping into doing something.