Poem: Black Cat Thoughts

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Do you like cats?
What words do you associate with them?

I’ve always been more into dogs than cats, so this might not be your kind of poem if you’re a cat lover!

If you are, just change all the cat references to some animal you don’t particularly like.


1. Read the poem quickly and answer the Comprehension Questions below.
2. Read the poem as you think it should be pronounced and record your voice.
3. Listen to my recording and compare it with your own.
4. Make a note of any words you thought were pronounced differently

(It's always good to keep a record of words with similar sounds, especially when the written form is different from what you would imagine. For example, what words have the same vowel sound as 'through', or 'though', and 'thought' which look similar, but sound different? Check here)


Black Cat Thoughts

Someone let the black cat in
Through an open door
Down there in the basement
While I was up on the fourth floor.

And I could hear him slowly climbing
‘Cause the soft pads on his paws
Revealed their true intentions
Through the scratching of his claws.

And though his steady crawling
Was impossible to ignore,
I was ready then, for the black-cat thoughts
On the fabric they once tore.

So be steady when the black cat comes,
His gums on show for war.
Block out the gaps you’ve left perhaps
In your mind and rest assured –

The black cat creeps with dark intent
To pounce upon us all
But voice denied, his growl subsides
As he purrs off down the hall.


Answer the questions below.

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