Tuesday Poem: Margaret Mahy

I wanted to mark the sad news of Margaret Mahy’s death in some way, and chose this lovely poem of hers to do exactly that. She had an extraordinary range, from funny picture books to gritty young adult novels, and all of it displaying an astoundingly rich and original talent. Children, child-centred adults, readers young and old – we’ll all miss her. I’m glad I met her, and I’m very glad to have known her work, which will long remain. But now the writer herself has, to quote her poem, gone “out in the moony dark”.

CAT IN THE DARK
by Margaret Mahy

Mother, mother, what was that?
Hush my darling! Only the cat.
(Fighty-bitey, ever-so-mighty)
Out in the moony dark.

Mother, mother, what was that?
Hush my darling! Only the cat.
(Prowly-yowly, sleepy-creepy
Fighty-bitey, ever-so-mighty)
Out in the moony dark.

Mother, mother, what was that?
Hush my darling! Only the cat.
(Sneeky-peeky, cosy-dozy,
Prowly-yowly, sleepy-creepy
Fighty-bitey, ever-so-mighty)
Out in the moony dark.

Mother, mother, what was that?
Hush my darling! Only the cat.
(Patchy-scratchy, furry-purry,
Sneeky-peeky, cosy-dozy,
Prowly-yowly, sleepy-creepy
Fighty-bitey, ever-so-mighty)
Out in the moony dark.

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9 Responses to “Tuesday Poem: Margaret Mahy”

  1. Elizabeth Welsh Says:

    A very fitting tribute to a spirited NZ writer, Belinda! How lucky that you had the chance to meet her :) Love the ‘moony dark’.

  2. admin Says:

    I met her at a conference I helped organise when I was working in Melbourne. She had an electric presence, and a riotous sense of humour. And yes, it’s a great poem, I think.

  3. Mary Tapissier Says:

    Perfect tribute -I heard her speak at a CBC conference once – such a joyful writer. It was so right that she lived such a long, busy life.

  4. admin Says:

    She was a true original – but I could have done with a bit more of her.

  5. Frances Thomas Says:

    What a super poem. For wome reason, I’ve missed out on Margaret Mahy’s books – my loss, obviously. Must make up for it now

  6. admin Says:

    You won’t regret it, Frances!

  7. Michelle Elvy Says:

    Really fun poem. Wonderful post to come to! We’ll be celebrating her life and words for a long long time.

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks Michelle – she was a terrific poet as well as all her other writing skills.

  9. social media marketing Says:

    Not a bad way to start a day, quality blog post :)

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