Date: October 14th, 2013


by Dave Crawley

Cat Poems by Dave CrawleyI can’t get up!
There’s a cat on my lap!
What a terrible time
he picked for a nap!

I can’t get up!
No dinner for me!
I can’t play games
or watch TV.

I can’t get up!
No school in the morning!
My cat dozed off
without any warning.

I can’t get up!
And I don’t dare speak!
I may be here
the rest of the week.

Copyright © 2005 Dave Crawley. From the book Cat Poems. Boyds Mills Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About this Poem

If you own a cat – or even if you visit someone else who owns a cat – you probably know what it’s like to have the feline curl up on your lap and purr. But what if the cat falls asleep? If you want him/her to stay there, you CAN’T MOVE A MUSCLE – or the cat will get up and walk away. Cats are fussy that way.

I was thinking of such moments when I wrote a poem called “Trapped!”

About The Author

Children's Poet Dave CrawleyKnown for his rhyming stories on KDKA-TV, Dave Crawley has branched out into children’s literature. Dave’s first book, the critically-acclaimed Cat Poems honors our feline friends. His second book, Dog Poems, was selected at one of “The best Children’s Books of the Year” by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee. Dave’s book of school poems, Reading, Rhyming and ‘Rithmetic received a starred review (“Highly Recommended”) from the Library Media Connection.

Dave also has numerous poems in nine anthologies: Rolling in the Aisles, If Kids Ruled the School, Miles of Smiles, I Invited a Dragon to Dinner, Peter Peter Pizza Eater, My Teacher’s In Detention, Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Pound A Poem, and What I Did On My Summer Vacation.
In addition, he has published dozens of poems in 13 national children’s magazines, including “Ranger Rick”, “Cricket”, and “Jack and Jill.”

Dave makes frequent appearances at area schools, reading his rhymes to poets of the future. To contact him about making an appearance at a school, email:

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