If you don’t know archy and mehitabel, it’s time you met them. A cockroach and a cat. Two of the most interesting, intelligent, and thought-provoking characters in American literature.
Here, for instance, is mehitabel:
my youth i shall never forget
but there s nothing i really regret
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai
And here is archy:
i do not see why men
should be so proud
insects have the more
according to the scientists
insects were insects
when man was only
a burbling whatsit
They’re the creations of Don Marqis. Go read some of his stuff right now.