Counting Ten Mice

mouse pict

A mouse chews a round hole through the wall.
Inside the cupboard’s it now goes.
It scurries in behind the fridge.
Then a ways under the kitchen stove.
Where will it go next?

Up pops a lid and in it goes.
There’s something warm inside.
Its white as snow.
Ewe, oh…! How would you know?
A tiny cap gave a tip when I peeked inside.
Then I heard a cough.
As flour went up its nose.
Shimmy – shimmy you go out the door.

O-oh, seems there might even be two.
As a snap was heard in the wee hours of night.
When looking at the trap the cheese was gone.
The mouse was too.
A third one must have let the second one free.
Then they shared a piece of cheese.
It’s OK. We’ll catch these two. But how?

One – two – three.
I’m up to see if I can catch them.
Two boy’s help search.
Hum, where did they go?
A flashlight shines in behind the fridge.
Then to check under the stove.
Nope, no mice.

I peer inside the cupboards.
Small, popcorn, crumbs lead to the hole in the wall.
So, that’s where they went!
They travel along boards found inside.

But wait!
I hear more noise in the kitchen.
Peanut butter spreads on crackers.
For a late night snack with milk.
Put that lid back on tight.
Mice love peanut butter.

One – two – three – four.
Even more mice saunter about.
In they come through the hole in the wall.

Five – six – seven – eight.
Let’s try to set the traps out right.
In comes two more.
Nine – ten.
Time to get a cat!
Or call the pest control a-gain.

Mice Fleet (poem)

The mice are entering one by one.
One – two – three – four – five.
Six – seven – eight – nine – ten.

In they come through the hole.
One – two – three – four – five.
Six – seven – eight – nine – ten.

The mice are exiting two by two.
Two – four – six – eight – ten.
Two – four – six – eight – ten.

Out they go through the hole.
Two – four – six – eight – ten.
Two – four – six – eight – ten.

 

Picture: internet clip art

Poet: Colleen Kelbert

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