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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went Into Space

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

The Owl and the Pussycat Went Into Space, original art by John Hansen, 2020

The Owl and the Pussycat Went Into Space, original art by John Hansen, 2020

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea

In a beautiful pea-green boat:

They took some honey, and plenty of money

Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,

And sang to a small guitar,

"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,

What a beautiful Pussy you are,

You are,

You are!

What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

— Edward Lear -

The Owl and the Pussycat: Image by Prawny from Pixabay

The Owl and the Pussycat: Image by Prawny from Pixabay

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Background

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat is a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published in 1871 in his book "Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets.” Lear wrote the poem for Janet Symonds, the three-year-old daughter of his friend and fellow poet John Addington Symonds and his wife Catherine.

Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, and musician most famous for his nonsense poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. He is also known for his songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes and alphabets. He also composed and published twelve musical settings of Tennyson's poetry.

Portions of an unfinished sequel, "The Children of the Owl and the Pussy-cat" were published first posthumously during 1938. But, I have decided to write my own series of sequels collectively titled "The New Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat" and bring them up to modern times. I couldn't find a suitable picture of them in space so I had to draw one myself.

In my anthology "Poems From the Porch 12,” I wrote the first sequel called The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Get Married, which continues on from their wedding at the end of the original poem. If you haven't read that already you may like to go and check it out before reading this one.


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went to Space

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat circled the Moon,

In a space-shuttle made of tin cans.

They ended their ride, on the Moon’s dark side,

And were met by a little Moon man.

He giggled with glee, as he offered them tea

In his crater beside a large hill.

They sat and they chatted, about things that mattered,

To the Pussy-Cat this was a thrill.

A thrill,

A thrill,

To the Pussy-Cat that was a thrill.


The Moon man eyed Pussy with a quizzical look,

“One question may I ask you soon?

Hey diddle diddle, did you play the fiddle

So a cow could jump over my Moon?”

Pussy just laughed, and the Owl simply barfed

At a question they didn’t expect.

“Well, we did tour our land, with a cow and her band,

She is someone that we both respect.”

Respect,

Respect,

She is someone that we both respect.”


Vintage Fairy Tale Images, Public Domain

Vintage Fairy Tale Images, Public Domain

“I expect if she tried, she could jump that high,

Her hind legs are powerful and strong.

If she did jump the Moon, then the dish and the spoon

Ran away, ‘cause they thought it was wrong.

They haven’t been seen, and I think it was mean,

That the little dog laughed at their plight.”

The Owl said no more, but opened the door,

“We can’t miss the next shuttle flight.

Shuttle flight,

Shuttle flight,

We can’t miss the next shuttle flight.”


The shuttle sped off, where next would it stop?

Oh, the lovely red planet called Mars.

It was a quick flight, twice the speed of light,

Through The Milky Way dotted with stars.

Soon they touched down, on the cold dusty ground,

On a planet named after a god.

“Well, we did make it here,” said the Owl with a cheer,

And Pussy agreed with a nod,

With a nod,

With a nod,

And Pussy agreed with a nod.


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat walked wing in hand

With a full picnic basket of food,

They found a good place, near the famous Mars face,

Where they ate, then lay down for a snooze.

A voice said, “Tup tup!” and woke the pair up,

‘Twas a Martian with his eight legged pet.

“Please don’t be afraid, of my pet Octopade,

He has not eaten anyone yet.

Yet,

Yet,

He has not eaten anyone yet.”


They made an excuse of having to leave,

And back to the shuttle they went,

A spidery dog, or an eight legged frog

Was not their idea of a pet.

Then off the ship raced, back out into space,

As they set the direction for Earth.

“That was quite a trek,” said the Owl with a peck,

And the Pussy-Cat kissed him in mirth,

In mirth,

In mirth,

The Pussy-Cat kissed him in mirth.

There was an old man with a beard, Edward Lear

There was an old man with a beard, Edward Lear

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 03, 2020:

Thank you Peg. So glad this brought a smile.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2020:

This cute sojourn of the owl and the pussy cat traveling to the moon and mars was a clever bit of writing. It has me smiling. Thanks!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2020:

Thank you, Hasibul. I appreciate your comment.

Hasibul Islam Apon from People’s Republic of Bangladesh on June 04, 2020:

A good read

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 12, 2020:

Thank you for reading this, Marcy. Glad you enjoyed the poem and the artwork.

Marcy Bialeschki from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 12, 2020:

So creative! Great poem. The original artwork was good, too!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 04, 2020:

I am glad you enjoyed this poem, Diana. Thank you so much for that generous comment.

dianadee on April 04, 2020:

Love your poem. So easy to read and it really flows off the page. Well done,John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 19, 2020:

Thank you so much Nithya.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 19, 2020:

I enjoyed reading your poem, your illustration is excellent. Great work, double thumbs up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 19, 2020:

Hello Rinita. I appreciate your comment about the drawing. I just used coloured pencils in fact. Crayons may have been better if I had them. Glad you enjoyed the poem too.

Rinita Sen on March 19, 2020:

Your drawing is lovely. Didn't know you could draw so well, too. Vivid and lively, apt for children. Did you use crayon?

I haven't checked out the other poem yet, but this one is too cute.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 19, 2020:

Thank you Fam. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this and leave a generous comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

Fam on March 19, 2020:

It's a beautiful poem Hansen, i enjoyed and loved your art work too. Great job.

Fam on March 18, 2020:

I've got delighted to read it. I appreciate your creativity and art work too. Great job!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 18, 2020:

Hi Jason, thanks for the generous comment. Glad you liked the drawing too. Cheers.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on March 18, 2020:

Hi, John I really love this. It was really wonderful. A very good read. Your picture was very cute. The drawing was excellent too. Great stuff.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 16, 2020:

Thank you, Li-Jen. It is an interesting project to continue the story and put the Owl and the Pussycat in different scenarios but keeping the structure of the original poem.

Li-Jen Hew on March 16, 2020:

Hi Jodah, cool to see you write a new series ""The New Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat". I'm sure you make children's dreams come true by continuing the sequel. Creative of you to write about the Owl and the Pussy-Cat in space! You managed to create a poem that does not lose the touch of the original piece, with the new characters in it. Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2020:

Thank you MsDora. There is no better way to end than in mirth haha.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 15, 2020:

Delightful read! I liked the format, having the repetition at the end of each verse. Glad that the trip ended in mirth.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 13, 2020:

Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, RoadMonkey. Glad you enjoyed this.

RoadMonkey on March 13, 2020:

I loved the original owl and the pussy cat and your up to date version continues it in the same vein. Great.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 12, 2020:

It's good to know these are two of your favourite characters, Lora. I will be writing more adventures so stay tuned. I was amazed how multi-talented Edward Lear was also. His nature art especially birds, and his landscape paintings are wonderful, and he was also a fine musician.

Lora Hollings on March 11, 2020:

A wonderful trip into the world of imagination with such fun verse and two of my favorite characters! I loved your poem and I didn't know that Edward Lear was so versatile and talented. I thoroughly enjoyed your article. The illustration was very charming too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Good to see you Marie. Thank you for that generous comment on both the poem and illustration. It means a lot.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on March 11, 2020:

I just had to read this because the title sounded so fun, and I am quite happy with my choice!

I love your illustration and the very cleverly written poem. The repetitive lines really enhance the rhythm. I wouldn't change a thing.

Blessings!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Gave, thanks for reading this little buddy. Sorry if it was confusing to you in parts. I’ll take that into accounts when I write future Owl and the Pussycat poems. Glad you liked that bit about him not having eaten anyone yet. I hoped people would find that funny. Come back again.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Hi Liz, thank you for reading and enjoying. I went to great length to keep the pattern and rhyme scheme true to the original poem.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 11, 2020:

Hi John, i really liked your poems. To me it was a little confusing but also really funny. My favorite part was when it said ''he has not eaten anyone yet yet yet.

GABE

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

What can I say MizB? Being compared to Shel Silverstein and Ray (Call Me the Streak) Stevens humbles me. I really hope that you get to read these to your great granddaughter as I hoped these poems would appeal to both adults and children. maybe I’ll have even more published by the time you see her. Thank you for digging my drawing as well. Thank you.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 11, 2020:

I just finished your first delight, and now I've come back to this one. I just love these and I hope you continue your poetry of the owl and the pussycat. You rank right up there with Shel Silverstein and Ray Stevens in my book. I thought of my little great granddaughter in Texas and how much I would like to read these to her. Maybe I'll get the chance the next time I visit. P.S. I really dig your art, my friend.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 11, 2020:

This is a great development of the original rhyme whilst still keeping to the same pattern. This was a favourite in our household. It's good to read an updated version.

manatita44 from london on March 11, 2020:

Chuckle. Nice title!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Manatita, bro, i greatly appreciate your comment. It is such a pity you lost “The Galaxy World” and others somewhere in the UK. I like writing about space in my poetry too, as I have previously done with my piece “A Space Shanty” and its sequel. Aha, now I know you were “the Moon man” the Owl and the Pussycat met haha.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Haha Brenda. My imagination scares me at times. I guess that is a good thing for a writer though, isn’t it? There will be more of these to come.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Tiyasha. Thank you for reading this poem. I really enjoy writing nonsense verse, but you are right that it isn’t always easy to get right. I m glad this one worked out.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Great to see you Shauna. No, I haven’t illustrated any children’s books. Sketching is just a hobby for me. I am glad you liked my drawing though and enjoyed the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Indeed, Devika. The sky is the limit. There will be more of these poems to come. Glad you enjoyed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Haha Ruby, I can’t imagine the Owl and the Pussycat as a rap song but now that you said that i must admit i did look at including a rap version of “What’s New Pussycat” at the end of this.

manatita44 from london on March 11, 2020:

A no-nonsense- beautiful piece, Bro. With true imaginative flair. This man was a genius!

When I was about 18, I wrote a prose piece, called The Galaxy World, which many folks back home loved. I lost it in the UK along with some truly great pieces. They nicknamed me 'moon man', after that piece.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Linda, nonsense poetry and limericks are the type of writing I enjoy the most. I am glad it brightened up your day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

I love starting people’s day off well Bill. I always value your opinion on my work. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Pamela, I had fun writing this poem. I am glad it worked out and that you enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 11, 2020:

John,

You must have one vivid imagination.

I applaud your skills to develop such a poem.

Looking forward to seeing their new adventures come to life.

Thanks for the share.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on March 11, 2020:

Oh a lovely piece. A beautifully written poem. It's quite a difficult task to create good nonsense verses. You have done an amazing job.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 11, 2020:

John, this is so much fun! I'd love to see this continue.

Have you illustrated any children's books? If not, you should. The drawing at the top of the page is amazing!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 11, 2020:

Hi John sky is the limit and no doubt you show that here.A great imagination you have so much enjoyed the read.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 11, 2020:

John, this read like a rap song. I loved it! I hope you will start a series of this delightful pair. Rap Rap Rap

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 11, 2020:

John, your imagination is boundless and your illustration is precious. This is the first thing I've read this morning, and what a great way to begin an otherwise dreary day. This was absolutely delightful.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 11, 2020:

So damned clever, John! I am seriously jealous of your talent. This was a fun read, the perfect read to begin my day with.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Thank you Pamela. I like to have a bit of fun with my writing now and then. It is a bonus if it makes others happy or at least smile.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 11, 2020:

I really like your picture and this adorable poem. It is so cute and very clever. I had to laugh with the owl and pussycat walked 'wing in hand". You did a great job with this poem, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Eric, I hope you have fun reading this with Gabe. Lear is here this Leap Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Hi Bushra. I really appreciate your kind comment. Thank you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 11, 2020:

Of course Gabe and I will read together. But it occurred to me that you celebrated Lear here or hear. Noble

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 11, 2020:

I love the original poem and yours is excellent, too. Had great fun reading it. Thank you!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Hi Lorna. I have always been a fan of Edward Lear, so yes, the original poem too. I am happy that you like this as much and also my drawing. Much appreciated.

Lorna Lamon on March 11, 2020:

A wonderful poem John and another great adventure for the couple. I have always been a fan of the original poem and this one is just as entertaining. Cute drawing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2020:

Aww Flourish, thank you so much. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Cheers.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 11, 2020:

Absolutely fabulous! You have really done it here. The cadence and humor are perfect.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 10, 2020:

Thank you for being the first to read this Rosina. I am so happy that you enjoyed the poem and that Edward Lear's quote gave you a smile. Cheers.

Rosina S Khan on March 10, 2020:

You have outdone it again, John. A humorous pair, the owl and pussy cat- the poem about them is delightful and pleasant. What more, Edward Lears's quote at the end made me smile big. Thank you for such a splendid hub.