DO NOT PEACEABLE GO TO THAT DAMN VET
by Dylan Thomas's cat

Do not peaceable go to that damn vet
A cat can always tell when a trip is due.
Hide, hide, when your appointment time is due.

Wise cats who watched, and learned the alphabet,
And never let men know how much they knew,
Do not go peaceable to that damn vet

Young cats who want to keep their claws to whet
On sofa legs, and save their privates too,
Hide, hide, when your appointment time is set.

Sick cats, poor things, whose stomachs are upset,
But hate to eat some evil-smelling goo,
Do not go peaceable to that damn vet.

Old cats who have no wish to sleep yet,
And plan to live another life or two, hide,
Hide, hide, when your appointment time is set.

And though your human sweetly calls his pet,
Or rants and raves until his face is blue,
Do not go peaceable to that damn vet.
Hide, hide, hide, when your appointment time is set.


From 'Poetry for Cats' by Henry Beard