We had a poetry reading in Elfwood on 16 th June on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Read by Sri Lankan film actress and stage actor Indira Jonklaas, the poems read included those of Macavity: The Mystery Cat, Magical Mr. Mistoffelees, and Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, the mischievous pair.
Mrs. Indira started with a poem on the Naming of Cats, in which every cat had three different names. A name by which the family called it, one name more particular, peculiar and dignified than the last, and finally a name that no one but the cat himself knows. The way Eliot wrote was so unique and captivating that the children were completely enthralled. One poem that I really liked was that of the Old Gumbie Cat who teaches mice music, crocheting and tatting every night. Not only that, she fed them with mouse cake of bread and dried peas and a beautiful fry of lean bacon and cheese, when she found out about their irregular diet! Before each poem Mrs. Indira also introduced the children to a new world of interesting words that would appear in the poem. Words such as effable, ineffable, or even effineffable!
To end the event there were yummy chicken sandwiches for everyone. On the whole, I think it was a thoroughly new and wonderful experience to have been at Elfwood.