Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Mouse Tale

(This is the third and final poem for the winners of the Sunday Quiz. Today's poem is for the *official* winner, Lolamouse. She requested that I write something about a mouse, or about the color pink. Enjoy.)

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran down the block
The clock struck one
And in she run
To Danny's Coffee Shop.

It is Saturday afternoon.
The Succubus walks into Danny's Coffee Shop wearing ginormous black plastic sunglasses, and a pink ribbon in her raven hair.
The first thing she sees
Is the QOTV
Up on tip toes on the back of a booth,
Back arched
And yowling.

Wtf? she says.
(That's succubus for good morning.)
"She saw a mouse," explains Denise the waitress.
The Dark-Haired Chick is on the other side of the booth with her hand up to her face like a perp, mortified.
Between gritted teeth, she says,
"You are SUCH

Outside, are lots of women
Dressed to the nines
In black and white,
Passing by.

There are also bearded men--
Chloe watches them
And asks the room,
"Why are those guys wearing big napkins?"

The Succubus, now at her customary corner table, looks up and drawls,
"Those are prayer shawls,
You spaz."

Chloe turns around
And squints her eyes,
Working her jaw
Off to the side.

"Well thank you," she says, then adds:
"Nice hair ribbon, Gidget."

Just then,
Savanna the teenage runaway takes her knife out of her boot.
She has the kitten Giuseppe Verdi in her right sweater pocket,
And when she leans down to her left, he goes up as if he were in an elevator.

There is a mouse on the floor.
Savanna holds her knife in front of it, and it
Climbs aboard.
"Going up!" she says, with a smile in her rough voice.

Soon, mouse and kitten are asleep in a pile,
Next to her coffee cup.

"What is this?"
Asks Chloe,
Hand on hip.
"Wild Kingdom?"

"Shh!" scolds Savanna.
"It's nap time!"

It is early Saturday afternoon at Danny's Coffee Shop,
And for just a moment,
Among the succubi, and vampires, and multiple felons,
A peace descends
Like a good house blend
And not a creature is stirring,
(Well, you know the rest.)
The end!




Daryl said...

Just need to spend the day here with these figments of your imagination that have become so real for/to me .. and I am stealing the Support Love thingie

Mama Zen said...

And they all lived happily ever after!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I SO enjoyed every line of this lovely tale. Especially since the mouse didnt get fed to the kitten, but curled up with it for a nap. Whew! (That was a close one!) This is so wonderfully written, and is a delight to read. You made my day!

Lolamouse said...

I love this SO MUCH!!! I hope you don't mind if I print it out and hang it up in my craft room (w/credit, natch!) where I keep pics, and quotes, and other inspiring wonderfulness. I love your Danny's poems, and now I get to feel like a member of the club! Yays! I'm stealing your cartoons as well! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

hedgewitch said...

This is so much fun to read. All the quips, and all the characters in fine form. Esp liked "You are such a GIRL!" Loved it, Shay.

Lynn said...

This is so cool and your description just makes me see it all. :) Love that elevator thing.

TALON said...

Love me some Danny's Coffee shop! Yay! This was fantabulous, Shay.

Brian Miller said... heart feels all warm and fluffy...

Hannah Stephenson said...

So it turns out I'm fluent in Succubus :).

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my poem today--I greatly appreciated it.

Sioux said...

It appears everyone is thrilled with their poem. I love the translation for succubus-speak (although it was unnecessary).

Is Lolamouse going to pick the blooms as well? Aaarrrgh! Call the blossom police on her. (Tell her to bronze hers like I did with mine.)

Cloudia said...

Strange & Sweet, the scene @ Danny's.
I knew who the QOTV was right away!

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ellen abbott said...

It's nap time for me too.

HermanTurnip said...

Awwww.... I tell ya, get this published on bleached glossy thick stock cardboard along with illustrations provided by an out-of-work graphic illustrator who works in water colors and collages and you're well on your way to a best seller children's novel.

I'll serve as your representative and agent. I have, after all, all of the wrong connections.

K9friend said...

It's always a good thing when kittens and mice can be friends. Gives hope to the rest of us!


Anonymous said...

Lolamouse may have been the official winner, but all of us get to enjoy her prize.

someday i'll have a computer that doesn't overheat and shut itself off every 20 minutes {it takes after me} and then i'm going to start at the beginning of your Succubus and Danny's Coffee Shop tales.

enjoyed this little story very much, Shay!
dani ♥