CAT ON A NIGHT OF SNOW
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Cat, if you go outdoors you must walk in the snow.
You will come back with little white shoes on your feet,
Stay by the fire, my Cat. Lie still, do not go. See how the flames are leaping and hissing low.
Outdoors, the wild winds blow, Mistress, and dark is the night,
and more than cats move, lit by our eyes' green light,
Mistress, there are portents abroad of magic and might,