brown as he is and
small can get fed-up
with scratching at steel wall
while bread alone
grows stale on silent
night in the breadbox.
This is enough
and not enough, he says
starved as he is and
a fool for screaming ladies
tottering on chairs.
Too long in this house
not having seen a lily
or a field
this is enough
excuse for a circus.
🙂 This made me smile, lovely.
We have a mouse in the house too. I can hear him/her at night. As long as he/she isn’t eating the wires, I don’t mind much. Last year one ate a hole in the wall so husband killed it 😦 I hope this one will survive!
Mice haven’t a chance around here. My cat Lulu is a true huntress and has been known to present me with a beheaded mouse beside my bed when I awoke one morning…this mouse however, will survive…..I borrowed him from the American children’s classic poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas”, which begins………’Twas the night before Christmas/And all through the house,/Not a creature was stirring/Not even a mouse..” a long poem including all the names of Santa’s reindeer, which even some three-year-olds I know can recite from memory!
Oh this is such a sweet, sad poem Cynthia, I feel sorry for the mouse unable to be with the lilies in the field. I dont know if it was intentional but the “silent night” gave it a seasonal touch.
Why do mice and spiders etc induce screaming I wonder? I expect studes abound on this! X
Oh don’t feel sorry for this mouse, Christine. He’s working himself up to having a really good time, this Christmas! (and I hope the same for you!)
Oh good youve put my mind at rest Cynthia! 😊 Hope you have a peaceful time at Christmas and that you are feeling setled in your new environment. X
Hi Cynthia, I’m glad to say that this poem immediately launched me into ‘The night before Christmas’. It gives a different POV to the mouse which I found refreshing. Poor little fellow! I know that you wrote that he doesn’t need pity but somehow the poem evokes some.
Merry Christmas! Jane
Greetings, Jane! Maybe that’s how the illustrious career of Mickey was launched; some nice lady like you took a shine to the “poor little fellow” …or some nice man like Walt Disney. I find it interesting that the earliest renderings of Mickey were much more rodent-like–less cute–than today’s version. As usual, your comment sets me pondering! Merry, Happy…..
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Cynthia!
And all blessings of the season to you, Sheila. Your daily photo post has taken its place as a “must see,” right there with my morning coffee….such skilled and inspirational work! I look forward to more of it in the new year.
thank you for your kind words. I’m so happy to have made your acquaintance this year and found your wonderful writing!