“The Two Hungry Kittens” by Theodore Tilton
The Two Hungry Kittens.1
By Theodore Tilton
From the Complete Poetical Works of Theodore Tilton in One Volume…
Two Kittens grew hungry with licking their feet,
And ran around snooping for something to eat.
‘Me-ow!‘ said the Curly-tail, ‘milk would be nice.’
‘Ska-fitch!‘ cried the Smutty-nose, ‘I shall eat mice!’
The house of the mice was a hole in the floor,
Too small for the kits to get in at the door.
So down in a corner they silently sat,
And waited awhile for the mice to grow fat.
‘Who comes?’ cried a beautiful mouse, at her cheese.
The kittens replied, ‘We are rats, if you please.’
‘Not rats!’ said the nibbler, ‘your paws are not pink,
Your eyes are too big, and your tails have a kink.’
‘Come out,’ quoth the kits, ‘and our tails and our eyes
Will then look exactly the natural size!—
‘Sweet mouse, we invite you to go to the fair,
And you shall have plenty of combs in your hair.’
Said mousie, ‘Excuse me, for I am engaged!’
At which the two kittens were fiercely enraged.
They flew at the mouse-hole, they awfully squalled,
They fought one another, they tumbled, they sprawled,
They twisted their whiskers, they tangled their tails—
Till down came the dairymaid bringing her pails!
A pail in each hand! And her hands they were two
And so were her pails, and the milk it was new,—
The curd it was white, and the cream it was thin,—
And both the two kittens they each tumbled in!—
And scat! cried the maid with a terrible shout,
And both the two kittens they each tumbled out!
The mice and the kittens no longer are friends,
Which every one knows, so the story here ends!
1 This was written to be recited at a picnic of young children.