a runcible spoon?

August 27, 2008

So I was sitting around sketching at lunch and “The Owl and the Pussycat” just popped onto the page. Only problem is, I got them mixed up. The Owl is supposed to be the one playing guitar. Oh, well, I imagine after more than a century, the kitty would like get some licks in.

Get it… licks… guitar licks… and kitties lick themselves?

Yeah, fine, whatever, I’m going to bed.

by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat 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.”

Pussy said to the Owl “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?”

They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?”
Said the Piggy, “I will”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


15 Responses to “a runcible spoon?”

  1. Mary Says:

    Clever!… and I think it is only fair to let the cat have the guitar. It is hard to play with feathered wings, plus all the owl would sing is “who? who?”….pretty boring. Do you think that 5 pound note will get them very far?? Runcible spoon…the dictionary was very unhelpful and just refered back to the poem! I think it is a “spork”….much less poetic.

  2. Who says that in this modern age a cat can’t serenade an owl….

    Anyways, on a different note altogether, I just saw some of your artwork being used on a blog that I just had to remove my artwork from. I recognised your duck immediately. Email me and I’ll give you the address.

  3. bobo's slave Says:

    Oh! How romantic! Love “Joey and the Owl”, ^.^

  4. Tammie Says:

    your entry (art) is simply charming!

  5. studio lolo Says:

    Joey’s tail has that question mark…”Uh, what am I doing here?!”
    Are we supposed to know it’s Joey?
    Because I’m pretty sure it IS Joey, right? Right?

    There you go again, making me smile all big 🙂

  6. artseafartsea Says:

    U r too much. Where do u find the time? Love this one.

  7. kathyhare Says:

    a brilliant illustration, love the role reversal!(and the fish!)
    this is one of my favourite poems if you look on my website I have attempted to illustrate it too.. but I think I prefer the humour of yours!

  8. aaronpocock Says:

    Plinkplink! Guitar playing cat…..cool man!
    Great sketch!

  9. Fantastic drawing! Not only is the pussycat finally getting to play the guitar, but he is totally wooing that owl. It is on.

    And never mind the spoon, what kind of knife must they have, to slice quince? Any that grow on our tree are like river rocks.

  10. Faruffa Says:

    Oh extraordinary and romatic, this is a great magic!!!

  11. janie Says:

    I love it , great characters, is the owl sniggering at the caterwauling?

  12. Jess Says:

    Linda I love this! I’ve been away from blogging for a bit and this was such a great picture to come home to! The expressions are brilliant, haha.

  13. erin Says:

    love the fish hanging out, hee, hee

  14. eugeniagina Says:

    still they are gorjees.. 😀

  15. emily Says:

    hihi lovely duo! Although most cats I hear serenade would not near enough be called wooing!

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