Poetry Friday: The Night Is A Big Black Cat

Poetry Friday…this week’s links are at Margaret Simon’s blog, Reflections on the Teche.

Photo by Michael J. Bennett via Wikimedia Commons

 The night is a big black cat.

The moon is her topaz eye.

The stars are the mice she hunts at night

in the field of the sultry sky.

G. Orr Clark

G. Orr Clark also wrote a children’s book called “The Moon-Babies” around 1900, and had three pieces in Harper’s magazine in 1902. The children’s book is over two hundred dollars on Amazon, and Harper’s archives are available by subscription only. So I’m left with this one poem to love. And I do!

Speaking of love, and black cats, visit illustrator Judy Watson’s blog to see how she made a wonderful black cat sculpture out of paper lunch bags.

30 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: The Night Is A Big Black Cat”

  1. Easy poem to read & re-read. Thinking this hunter (huntress) has the one topaz, because of the hunting. You never know where The Moon-Babies (new title & poety to me, thank you) for just a song, may turn up. It could happen.

    1. Hi, Bridget. So glad you checked out Judy Watson’s little black cat! I love Judy’s blog – she’s always sharing interesting things, along with her process.

  2. Black cat with a topaz eye, an original metaphor for night. I’d like to share this with my students and ask them to try the form.

  3. LOVE this poem, Monica. I think I’ve heard it before… but then again, it might just be one of those poems that you’ve think you’ve heard before because it sits so comfortably as you read it. Thanks also for the paper bag cat link– very cool.

  4. What a terrific image! Can’t wait to share this one with kids! Maybe if we all pooled our money, we could buy the book and take turns passing it around and enjoying it!

    1. Hi, Carol. I’ve seen a number of references online from teachers who have used this poem in the classroom. It’s not only beautiful, it’s a great teaching poem.

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