Lesléa Newman

Who Has Seen the Cat?

Who has seen the cat?
Neither I nor you.
But when the mouse hides in her house
The cat is passing through.

Who has seen the cat?
Neither you nor I.
But when the dog barks till he’s hoarse
The cat is passing by.

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Lesléa Newman has created 75 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections Still Life with Buddy, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (novel-in-verse), I Carry My Mother, and I Wish My Father (forthcoming). Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. From 2008 - 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA. She dedicates this poem to her beautiful cat, Mitzi.