One up a tree
One under the tree
The cat up a tree is he
The cat under the tree is she
The tree is witch elm, just incidentally.
He takes no notice of she, she takes no notice of he.
He stares at the woolly clouds passing, she stares at the tree.
There’s been a lot written about cats, by Old Possum, Yeats and Company
But not Alfred de Musset or Lord Tennyson or Poe or anybody
Wrote about one cat under, and one cat up, a tree.
God knows why this should be left for me
Except I like cats as cats be
Especially one cat up
And one cat under
A witch elm
Ewart Milne (1903-1987)
This is a really beautiful poem which perfectly states the simplicity of life and cats. The poem not only cleverly rhymes but the shape of the lines create a half diamond shape, which is the why the poem is sometimes referred to as the diamond cut diamond. The whole poem basically says how poets have talked complexly about cats and their symbols but none have really talked about them in their peaceful nature.
What do you think this poem symbolises?