“The Owl and the Pussycat” – A romantic inspiration!


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar;
“O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! Let us be married; too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”

They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

By Edward Lear

This post is more of a romantic inspiration, than a sussed out theme. In Maui, Hawaii, Miss Party met a lovely, young newlywed couple that had just been married a few days earlier on the island. They were from Kentucky, both school teachers, she recollects. Just the two of them had traveled to Maui to wed and then honeymoon for a week at Hilton’s Grand Wailea Resort. Soon, they would be returning home to a wedding reception hosted by her parents with family and friends.

Hmmm…interesting, an extremely intimate wedding ceremony (on a gorgeous beach, at sunset) and honeymoon on an exotic island. Then, a celebratory reception hosted by someone else after returning home. Yup! That is going in the “Most Romantic AND Stress-Free Weddings” file! Plenty of engaged couples might dream of doing it in a similar way, even if they go traditional in the end. There is no denying it was wicked romantic!

During all of this pondering, she was soon reminded of the lyrical and evocative poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, written in the 1800s and beautifully illustrated by Jan Brett in 1991. Brett imagines the setting of the poem’s story to be the Caribbean Sea and the Island of Martinique. Using amazing detail and vivid Caribbean colors, exotic flora and sea creatures, she transports us along Owl and Pussycat’s journey. Between the sing-song imagery of the words and the illustrations you can almost feel the warm, tropical breezes blowing!

If this poem stirs your heart too, you must get your paws on a copy of Jan Brett’s version just to see just how lovely her interpretation is. If you’re a Bride-to-be or the Hostess of a celebratory event for a friend or family member and NEED to get ‘in the mood’, you’ll find inspiration in every page. Or, if you or your couple will be holding the wedding or honeymooning in a tropical location –make this poem the inspiration for a couples wedding shower theme or rehearsal dinner, it would be a perfect fit!! Serve tropical cocktails with cute, little, retro paper umbrellas…

Miss Party has loved this poem for a lifetime, and even given Jan Brett’s book several times as part of a larger wedding gift. In all these years, though, she never met a couple who came as close to doing just what Owl and Pussycat did…and it made her smile :)

Lear, Edward/Brett, Jan, The Owl and the Pussycat. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1991.


This and any other posts on MissParty.net are unofficial and unauthorized. It is not authorized, approved, licensed, or endorsed by Jan Brett or her publishers.

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