Paw Prints in the Butter

A Puss in Boots*


In the high-street chemist’s yesterday

Upon a thoughtfully-provided chair

Beside a radiator sat

A large and well-contented cat.

The chance was far too good to miss

For one who loves a play on words

So: ‘Look! A Puss in Boots!’ I cried.


The shopping zombies clearly thought me mad.

They turned, as only English people turn,

A blank and even hostile stare

Upon me, standing foolish there

As ‘Look! A Puss in Boots!’ I cried.


But then the creature stretched and purred

And opened amber eyes (that matched its fur).

And then it turned and winked at me.

I’ll swear I saw it wink at me.

As ‘Look! A Puss in Boots!’ I cried.


*For non-English readers, the Boots pharmacy can be found on every high street in the UK.


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Patricia Feinberg Stoner is a British writer: a former journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin she joined a local newspaper, The Liverpool Daily Post, as a trainee. Quickly discovering she was a terrible reporter, she switched to feature writing and since then her career has revolved around the written word.

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