The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went Into Space

Updated on March 11, 2020
Jodah profile image

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

“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 | Source

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Hasibul. I appreciate your comment.

    • Hasibul Islam Apon profile image

      Hasibul Islam Apon 

      5 weeks ago from People’s Republic of Bangladesh

      A good read

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      8 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Marcy Bialeschki profile image

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      8 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • profile image

      dianadee 

      3 months ago

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Nithya.

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      3 months ago from Dubai

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Senoritaa profile image

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Syeda Sardar Fatima profile image

      Fam 

      3 months ago

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

    • profile image

      Fam 

      3 months ago

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Nicoartz profile image

      Jason Nicolosi 

      3 months ago from AZ

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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 profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 months ago

      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!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • RoadMonkey profile image

      RoadMonkey 

      3 months ago

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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 profile image

      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Marie Flint profile image

      Marie Flint 

      4 months ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      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!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 months ago from Beautiful South

      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.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      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 profile image

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Chuckle. Nice title!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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 profile image

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 months ago from Washington Court House

      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.

    • Cattaleya profile image

      Tiyasha Maitra 

      4 months ago from Gurgaon

      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.

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      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!

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

    • Carb Diva profile image

      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      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.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

    • Bushra Iqbal profile image

      Anya Ali 

      4 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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 profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

    • surovi99 profile image

      Rosina S Khan 

      4 months ago

      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.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)