The Willow Cats

by Margaret Widdemer

They call them pussy-willows,

But there's no cat to see

Except the little furry toes

That stick out on the tree.

I think that very long ago,

When I was just born new,

There must have been whole pussy-cats

Where just the toes stick through...

And every Spring it worries me,

I cannot ever find

Those willow-cats that ran away

And left their toes behind!