The other cats all tease me because I have no tail;
They say I should try ordering a new one in the mail,
Or, since I went and lost it, I should offer a reward
As someone might have thought it was an old pyjama cord.
I take no notice of them, just let them have their fun,
For if you haven’t got a tail it can’t be trodden on.
It can’t be pulled by little boys or get shut in the door,
The cat-flap doesn’t trap it — all these things you can’t ignore.
It’s one less thing to wash as well my grooming time is short —
These benefits the others haven’t thought of while they sport.
If I could grow a tail one day, I’d surely say, ‘No thanks.’
I’d rather stay just as I am — quite happy to be Manx.
Daphne Lanham had kindly donated copies of her lovely book Cats and Doggerel to the SOFA crowdfunding campaign.
You can get a copy of her book here… https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/society-of-feline-artists-exhibition