Thursday, December 10, 2009

New ACEO - The Cat Carol

 The Cat Carol

The cat wanted in to the warm warm house,
but no one would let the cat in
It was cold outside on Christmas Eve,
She meowed and meowed by the door.

The cat was not let in the warm warm house,
And her tiny cries were ignored.
'twas a blizzard now, the worst of the year,
There was no place for her to hide.

Just then a poor little mouse crept by,
He had lost his way in the snow.
He was on his last legs and was almost froze,
The cat lifted him with her paw.

She said "Poor mouse do not be afraid,

because this is Christmas Eve.
"On this freezing night we both need a friend,
"I won’t hurt you - stay by my side."

She dug a small hole in an icy drift,
This is where they would spent the night.
She curled herself 'round her helpless friend,
Protecting him from the cold.

When Santa came by near the end of the night,

the reindeer started to cry.
They found the cat lying there in the snow,
and they could see that she had died.

They lifted her up from the frozen ground,
and placed her into the sleigh.
It was then they saw the little mouse wrapped up,
she had kept him warm in her fur.

"Oh thank you Santa for finding us!
"Dear cat wake up we are saved!"
..."I’m sorry mouse but your friend has died,
there’s nothing more we can do.

"On Christmas Eve she gave you her life,

the greatest gift of them all."
Santa lifted her up into the night sky,
and laid her to rest among the stars.

"Dear mouse don’t cry you are not alone,
you will see your friend every year.
"Each Christmas a Cat Constellation will shine,
to remind us that her love’s still here."

Written by Bruce Evans
Sung by Meryn Cadell
Info can be found at

The above is a song I heard on a Christmas CD a few years ago, but it is available again on a CD called
'A Winter's Night'.  I wanted to do artwork based on it for a long time, and even though my skill level isn't quite where I would like it to be, I did it anyway. When I first had my sister listen to this song she got mad at me, because it is very sad, and any cat lover cannot get through it with dry eyes.
I put the artwork up on Ebay, in case someone is crazy enough to want a depressing ACEO, lol!

***UPDATE: You can hear the song on Youtube:   here is the link:  The Cat Carol


TheresainMS said...

What a sweet poem. It is sad but also uplifting as a story of true sacrifice and caring for your fellow beings here on Earth. The artwork is nice too.

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Have a great Friday!!

Nicola said...

Awww that's a sad song but I think you illustrated it perfectly!!

Fotf said...

That is so lovely but yes i am now in tears

PBsArtStudio said...

What a beautiful illustration for such a sweet story! Thank you for that!

slommler said...

What a wonderful carol!! It reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas! Your artwork captures the spirit of the song. Thank you for sharing!
Merry Christmas!

suziart said...

So sad, it brings tears,but beautiful at the same time. I love how you depicted it inyour work!

The Vintage Sister said...

Yikes, that was so sad! Your art is sweet and captures the story.

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. Have a great weekend!

Marlene said...

Betty that is a very sad tale, I am misty at this point. The artwork is great and fits so beautifully, Have you ever thought of illustrating children's books? I don't know how one would go about getting into that but it might be worth your looking into.

Susan - said...

Very bitter-sweet. Your illustration is fantastic!

Renee said...

I have never heard that before.

Love Renee xooxxo

Anonymous said...

Oh Betty, I almost burst into tears reading this sad story. What a powerful one!
Your art is fabulous and this aceo card is so full of love.
Thank you Betty for sharing with me.
You're awesome!



ratu lakhsmita indira said...

Oo i adore your deer!!!!!
and a sweet poem also :)

Sue said...

your ACEO is wonderful. I heard this carol several years ago and cried when I first heard it. It is so beautiful, but so sad.

The ACEO you did illustrates it

QueenBe said...

Betty I have never heard that carol, and I am not sure I want to. How sad, and in this cold bitter weather some of us are having, it is so true what animals have to endure. What a great tribute to animals, to kindness and to this time of year and what it should mean to everyone.

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Pam of Always Artistic said...

Wow tears in my eyes! Beautiful, but very sad poem! Beautiful ACEO to match it.

Renee said...

That is okay darling. xoxox

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Beautiful song, I can see why you wanted to do artwork based on it!

Poetic Artist said...

What a sad and wonderful story.
I love the artwork.