George and Mary had a dog,
It was deathly afraid of cats,

It seems its eyesight was poor --
So old it had cataracts,

That poor old pet had gotten too close
To a sharp-clawed feline competitor,

The normally friendly kitty got scared
And hooked his right eye when he threatened her,

Ever since that day he knew
Precisely the meaning of "cat,"

Its meaning was pain and blindness...
And he wanted no more of that,

Even in polite conversation,
If the word "cat" was casually said,

He'd run to the farthest corner he knew
And hide way back under the bed.

by D. Edgar Murray