Oliver Herford

A Thanksgiving Fable

It was a hungry pussy cat, upon Thanksgiving morn,

And she watched a thankful little mouse, that ate an ear of corn.

"If I ate that thankful little mouse, how thankful he should be,

When he has made a meal himself, to make a meal for me!

"Then with his thanks for having fed, and his thanks for feeding me,

With all his  thankfulness inside, how thankful I shall be!"

Thus mused the hungry pussy cat, upon Thanksgiving Day;

But the little mouse had overheard and declined (with thanks) to stay.