Rusty the Extraordinary, Fantastic and Incredible Cat

Rusty the Extraordinary, Fantastic and Incredible Cat

A Poem by T. L. O'Neal

When the kids were young and got home from school, they would ask what Rusty did that day. I would always make up something to amuse the. Years later I decided to write it down and this is it.


Rusty the Extraordinary,
Fantastic and Incredible Cat

Written by: T. L. O’Neal


Rusty was a funny old cat,

Fat as he could be

The fat would push out the sides when he sat,

Better him than me


When he would run,

It would swing from side to side

It all moved with such action,

And everything was jiggling inside


When the kids get home

They would say…

“Daddy what did Rusty do today?”

I would think on it awhile and then….


I would say in a sheepish way,

Oh, he did many great and wondrous things today

For what can a cat do anyways?

He really did, believe me when I say…


He is a Extraordinary, Fantastic

And Incredible Cat he is…

And he can do many tricks,

When it comes down to it, he’s just a wiz


He sat in a chair and read a book,

Then he decided to go to the kitchen and to cook


He likes to eat his grits,

While he knits


He helps daddy to spell,

Although for a cat he does smell


He wears a sweater and eyeglasses too,

He’d sits around like a cow, saying moo


Now it’s 12:42,

And he’s fixing daddy’s shoe


He can do this and so much more,

He doesn’t want to be a bore


But he does it all in private when you’re away,

Because if you knew it, what would you say

“Cats can’t do these things anyways,

They just lay around”


But he can also sing too,

He sings opera, country, and jazz,

And he does it all with pizzazz


He goes fishing with a pole,

Trying to catch supper with Mr. Mole

Mr. Mole is a good friend of his,

He digs up the worms like a pig


He watched TV with the remote control,

And it goes click-idy click,

And he jumps all around on a pogo stick


This was remarkable in itself

Considering that he has never done it before,

But he always liked to explore


He has traveled on a moor

Wondering what it was for


He went to Spain

Just to dance in the rain


He took a trip in a train

Riding across the floodplain

Just to look at a crane


He crossed the ocean deep

The whole time he was asleep


He went all the way to Japan

To play the game Pacman


He’s walked through swamps knee-deep

Other times he drove his jeep


He took a trip in a jet

All the way to France to play croquette


For a cat he’s pretty strong,

He does carpentry work…

Although he does it all wrong


He did this all in a day,

While at school you were away


I know when you’re here he just sleeps away,

And stays in bed all the livelong day,

But that’s just his way


He’s a private cat is what I’d say,

We’ll just wait for another day,

To try to catch him if you may


© 2008 T. L. O'Neal

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"He watched TV with the remote control,
And it goes click-idy click,
And he jumps all around on a pogo stick"

Great poem you have here! It is something I hope will be a hand-me-down from generation to generation for your family. But I also hope that this can be read by all others. Really man, your stuff has been amazing me for some time. I think you honed your skill to it's sharpest--time for publication!

Posted 15 Years Ago

13 of 13 people found this review constructive.


Rusty sounded like one very interesting kitty!!! Your words and humor gave me great joy just reading it and kept a smile on my face... I bet your children loved it.

Posted 11 Years Ago

This belongs in TS Eliot's book of practical cats! Looking forward to more of his adventures! NH

Posted 14 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

What a fantastic cat! haha love this. This would make a fantastic children's book, the illustrations would be wonderful and colorful and magical. (where does one find a cat like this? smile) Thanks for the read, brightened my dreary winter morning, I shall be thinking about this adventurous cat all day now :)

Posted 14 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I have to agree with Blackbird Song here, you really should consider making a childrens book set with Rusty. If you don't have time, Rusty can do it! haha. A most, very enjoyable poem and so feather light and funny. Loving it!

Posted 14 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Terry, this was a fun read. My Cleo wants to hang out with Rusty, I'd say...they'd have a blast.
*Smile* This is much different than most of your writing and I like your style in this genre as well as your true-to-life stories.

Posted 15 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is a really cute poem. It made me smile.

Thank you, because I needed to smile.


Posted 15 Years Ago

3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Okay so you're clearly a gifted artist, have you ever thought about illustrating this and publishing it as a children's book? This is a great poem that I'm pretty sure all children would love and it's written in such a way that it could either be read to them or they could read it themselves.

You should really think about doing that.

take care :)

Posted 15 Years Ago

3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

It's no wonder the dang cat lays around... if I was that busy, I'd need my rest too!
This is good stuff. How creative can you get with a poem about a cat?
(Guess you just answered that question).

Posted 15 Years Ago

5 of 5 people found this review constructive.

I think it is obvious by his very demeanor that Rusty had to be the inspiration for the game, Marco... Polo! That he has allowed you to be the transcriber of his adventures speaks highly of your character, and I am sure he would like to see them published (as many others have suggsted).

The loose lyrical narrative feel of the initial stanzas segue nicely into the rhyming couplet laundry list of Rusty's talents... there is something there to engage every reader! I, for example, AM French, and I DO like croquet (which, to a cat, could only be seen as croquette, being so much more delicious)!

And the resolution to an insisten AA AAA AAA rhyme cements the fantasy by insisting the reader sspend his disbelief and join in the mantra.

LOVE it!

Posted 15 Years Ago

10 of 10 people found this review constructive.

haha this is so cute and creative
i love kitties
as i can see do you

Posted 15 Years Ago

11 of 11 people found this review constructive.

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Added on February 17, 2008


T. L. O'Neal
T. L. O'Neal

In the sticks, NC

I started writing as a way to work out my feelings and found that I enjoyed it very much. I enjoy humor and feel that you can find it in most things, even though it may be hard to find at the moment. .. more..


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