Macavity, the mystery cat

A short post this.

One of the first pieces of advice that I took to heart when I began writing fantasy was to read. Read different genres. Read and, well, just read everything that caught your fancy. Great advice.

Well, I’ve been writing fantasy for a few years now. Using the Kold Kronicles to comment on the world of politics, elites, their financial and ethical shenanigans and so on. Recently I came across Macavity, the mystery cat. Made me smile and think of the world today.

It’s a great poem and worth reading. It chimes because it can be read to children – I can imagine them enthralled if you read it the right way, i.e. full of drama, shifty eyes and long pauses, you get the picture.

For the adults in the room, you can draw your own parallels with our world today. The first four lines of the last verse may particularly resonate: 

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
At whatever time the deed took place—MACAVITY WASN’T THERE !

Remind you of anyone? Or two?

‘ No one left behind’

J J Mitchell

7 thoughts on “Macavity, the mystery cat

  • 28th September 2020 at 12:20 pm
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    I rather suspect I know who the two are…….

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  • 28th September 2020 at 12:32 pm
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    So, no mystery then… I thought that might be the case.

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  • 28th September 2020 at 6:19 pm
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    I, too, can think of two people …

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  • 28th September 2020 at 6:21 pm
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    I, too, can think of two human Macavities

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    • 28th September 2020 at 11:04 pm
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      I thought you might, Sue. Hopefully neither will be around for too long. The problem is that what damage may have been done in the meantime? Challenging times…

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  • 28th September 2020 at 9:22 pm
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    Hmmmmm….I rather suspect there are a whole bunch of them….if you lift up a stone or two and scrape the slime off

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    • 28th September 2020 at 11:02 pm
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      There are a whole bunch of them, you’re quite right. Just some are more obvious than others at the moment.

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