THE BALLAD OF THE ABSENT-MINDED MOUSE

I came upon a mouse

running around my old house

sniffing and twitching his nose,

I asked how he was

and looking rather cross

said, “Not too bad, I suppose”.

 

I asked what was wrong,

could I help him along

as he shuffled around in a ring,

he said, “I’m not sure”,

as he looked at the door,

“I cannot remember a thing!”

 

He ran and he jumped

on my fluffy pink mat

but then he started to cry,

“Now don’t get upset,

for you’ll get your fur wet!”

“I’m not, I’ve got dust in me eye!

 

I offered my hanky,

he was getting quite cranky

and said, “See if this helps”.

He wiped his damp eyes

and to my surprise,

he blew his nose and yelped!

 

I asked, “What’s wrong now”,

as he furrowed his brow,

“Have you gone and hurt your nose?”

“No”, he replied

with his eyes open wide,

“I’ve just stubbed my toes!”

 

Well, he hopped around

with his foot off the ground

and gave an almighty sneeze,

he cried out, “YIPPEE!

I’ve remembered, you see

I was going shopping for cheese!”

 

He thanked me and said,

just before he fled,

“I must be on my way.

The shop will be closing,

I’m sorry for imposing,

I’ll thank you and bid you good-day”

 

Well, he scuttled away

as bright as the day,

with his tiny tail dragging behind,

what a strange little fellow,

he’s off across the meadow

but one thing will play on my mind.

 

That hankie was a gift

and I’m feeling quite miffed,

a present from Great Uncle Bob,

that rascal just put it

in his waist-coat pocket,

without so much as a nod!

 

*

Written by Darren Scanlon, August 2009.

Revised 20th July 2016.

© 2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

 

Artwork by Angie Caira.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    Oh, I love this. Gonna read it to my favorite little boy this weekend.

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    1. Excellent. Thanks Rita. 🙃

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      1. Rita says:

        He truly loves his book. Makes him giggle and I hope to keep that up as long as I can.

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      2. Awww thats so wonderful! 🙃

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  2. olganm says:

    I think his forgetfulness might have been a handy ruse. Great poem, Darren!

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    1. Maybe…sneeky little mouse!!

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  3. Olga says:

    Love this light-hearted tail, Darren. A joy for adults and children to read. ❤

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  4. sevoiland says:

    Ha ha, so cute. I expect a follow-up on this when they meet again. How are you going to handle it?

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    1. Interesting…. Thanks Sharon.

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  5. Poli Impelli says:

    So cute!!! Great, as always, Darren 🙂

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  6. Karen says:

    Awesome, Darren! I love it! 🐁

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Susan Langer says:

    So cute. emaild to my daughter to read to my grandchildren. 🙂

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    1. Aww wonderful. Thanks Susan.

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