A Mouse's Tail

I know of a mouse that lives in a house,
Along a forgotten stream.
Let me tell a tale of this mouse's tail,
That I saw within a dream.

He woke one morning to his clock's ringing,
And jumped up from his bed.
His long nose smelled cheese, his stomach said please,
He said, "I wish to be fed."

He opened the door, looked across the floor,
There sat a cat meowing.
He jumped like a sap, got tail caught in trap,
And then began yeowling.

The cat saw his prey could not get away,
And thought about mouse and cream.
He moved toward his prey in a catlike way --
But right there ended my dream.

Feb 10, 1987