Follow The Cat!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic

A short story told in poetic form.

Follow The Cat!

 

He’s there in my garden, he beckons me on,

the cat with the oh, so wide grin;

I’m outside and running and chasing his tail,

an adventure is sure to begin.

 

Hang on now, Cheshire, let me catch up,”

I shout as he reaches his goal;

now I can see it, I make like a rabbit

and dash straight inside that big hole.

 

Back now in Wonderland, what a delight,

so bright that my senses do spin,

I’ll take a deep breath, get ready my mind

for the craziness hidden within.

 

The flowers they giggle and gossip away,

I’m amused by their incessant chatter,

but here I can’t linger, I follow the Cat

as he leads me straight to the Mad Hatter.

 

Good morning, good morning. It’s such a good night,”

he laughs as I dash in to view.

The March Hare and I are having some tea

but we’ve space for a guest such as you!”

 

The lid it lifts up while the tea is poured out,

Who is that, who's moving my house?”

For this teapot is home for one that is small,

say, ‘Hello’ to the Sleepy Dormouse.

 

They chatter away, sipping this, chewing that,

and pure nonsense is what they do spout;

but the clues will be there if I listen for them,

the problem I’m soon to find out.

 

The Queen’s not herself, she’s become somewhat ill,

she is acting like she is a pauper;

dressing in rags, her wealth tossed away,

not behaving like royalty oughta!

 

The pavement does sparkle with glittering jewels

that lay there amidst so much gold.

I gather them up as I walk along but

there’s too much for my small hands to hold.

 

And there is the Palace, it’s looking so dark,

I’d not thought that it could appear gloomy;

the King’s not in sight but there is the Queen,

looking really ‘disaster and doom’y.

 

Never a beauty, she’s looking so old,

all unwashed and wrinkled and creased;

I put down the jewels, study her face,

I’ll stay here ‘til the problem has ceased.

 

There is a glass, a drink it does hold,

it resonates with a slight hum;

I know who’s behind this, the guilty pair,

twins Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

 

I put out the word and the guards gather round,

they will go out and find the accused;

they’ll bring them straight back here, rapidly quick,

for they are Guards and will not be refused.

 

The two boys look shifty, lower their heads,

mumble ‘Sorry’, confess to their guilt;

the Queen, so enraged, shouts, “Off with their heads!”

and Wonderland then starts to tilt.

 

The furniture’s moving, we all start to stumble,

things rattle and crash to the floor;

the whole world’s rebelling against the Queen’s wrath,

an idea pops up – I’m not sure.

 

A more fitting punishment, Queen, if I may,

is to set these two some sort of task.”

And what, pray, is that?” She gives me a scowl,

back to wearing her so regal mask.

 

Send them to pick up all of your jewels,

all your valuables, all of your gold.

You’ve plenty of soldiers to keep a good watch

and make certain they do as they’re told.”

 

Tweedle Dee looks astounded – to be made to work,

Perhaps he would rather be dead?

Tweedle Dum shrugs his shoulders, resigned to his fate,

for he’s rather attached to his head.

 

A party is called for, the Queen’s now herself,

the King’s back from where he was hiding;

I’m happy to say that I stayed for a while,

having fun while my time I was biding.

 

But here now is Cheshire, he’s taking me home,

I’ll leave with a smile and a wink;

the crazy kaleidoscope pulls me along

and I’m back home as soon as I blink.

 

Am I now sad? Well, yes, in a way

but I know that some time I’ll go back;

for as mad as it is, as crazy insane,

I’ll be called on to get it on track!


Submitted: July 17, 2017

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jaylisbeth

I love how you structured this story in a poem. Love your imagination!

Mon, July 17th, 2017 5:22pm

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Thanks for reading, jaylisbeth!

Mon, July 17th, 2017 10:24am

Oleg Roschin

Lewis Carrol would be proud, Hully! An elegantly written, charming story-poem. I have one very, very serious criticism, though: Mad Hatter and the Dormouse are supposed to be having tea with March Hare, NOT with White Rabbit :-)

Mon, July 17th, 2017 5:46pm

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Thanks so much for that, Oleg. I've just gone and sorted out that mistake. And thank you so much for reading and commenting too!

Mon, July 17th, 2017 11:00am

Mike S.

'Back down the rabbit hole, to Alice's house we go!' An excellent poem, Hully!

Mon, July 17th, 2017 7:01pm

Mike S.

'Back down the rabbit hole, to Alice's house we go!' An excellent poem, Hully!

Mon, July 17th, 2017 7:01pm

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I know I've been here before, but I couldn't resist going back again. Thanks, Mike!

Mon, July 17th, 2017 12:03pm

Joe Stuart

I knew I would find something of yours here today. Do you write a new one every day or have you got a box full of them already written? You don't have to answer that. I am just being nosy. This story, of course, is a poem. I am not a big fan for flowery free style poetry, but this one has rhythm, it rhymes and it is funny. I love it! ~ Joe

Mon, July 17th, 2017 10:51pm

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Thanks for reading this, Joe. It was a choice between posting as poetry (a bit too long), or short story even though it was written poetically. I'm really glad you enjoyed it -- the vast majority of my poems are written in a similar, with just the odd exception.
And no, I don't have a stock of writing although occasionally, I write one and keep it for a day or two. Since I joined Booksie in April 2016, I have written every day. To be honest, I'd be scared not to now, in case I never got back to it! I've started working on a book, right now, 'Flyder', but I'll still be writing short stories and poems most days.

Tue, July 18th, 2017 4:48am

Spyguy

This is pure genius! A couple of little hiccups you would see in a quick read, but by & large, one of the best poems I've read on Booksie! Congratulations!

Tue, July 18th, 2017 11:06pm

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Well, thank you so much for that, Spyguy. I'm glad you enjoyed the read!

Wed, July 19th, 2017 4:59am

Reagle

This was a cool idea, Hulz. More stories need to be condensed into witty poems like this. Keep rhyming those words up!

Wed, July 19th, 2017 5:38pm

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Thanks for that, Reagle! Glad you enjoyed it.

Wed, July 19th, 2017 10:40am

AninaKat1991

I love this! wow! As I read it, I was imagining actually being in the story! Amazing!

Thu, July 20th, 2017 8:17pm

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Thanks so much for that, AninaKat. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Thu, July 20th, 2017 1:29pm

Small Writer 12

This is pretty good!
I liked the idea of making this story as a poem and your way of writing is great
KEEP IT UP
~ sW 12 ~

Fri, July 21st, 2017 8:07pm

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Thanks for that, sW 12!

Fri, July 21st, 2017 1:26pm

Katilly

This is an amazing poetically written short story, and a great addition to your growing collection of Wonderland poems and stories:)

Sat, July 22nd, 2017 7:13am

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Thanks, Katilly. I know I've been there a few times but every so often Wonderland draws me back! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Sat, July 22nd, 2017 1:00am

Miss Midnight

I know how you feel. There is just something compelling about Alice in Wonderland. I myself keep wandering down the Rabbit hole. I love that we're chasing Chess this time, lol. Super fun and engaging. Argh, I love your writing, lol!

Mon, July 24th, 2017 3:41pm

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The strange thing is I wasn't very fond of the original. It is the more recent adaptations that have attracted me there. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading!

Mon, July 24th, 2017 10:04am

B.B. Hatt

I love this! It feels canon, like it came from Carroll's book. Very well done, classic poem.

Thu, August 3rd, 2017 2:17am

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Thanks so much, B.B. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Thu, August 3rd, 2017 1:51am

JE Falcon aka JEF

A nice poem, well written with great visuals.

Fri, August 4th, 2017 8:06pm

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Thank you so much, JE!

Fri, August 4th, 2017 1:47pm

Holmesy

hi

just read this what a great tribute and take on the classic story !

Sat, August 12th, 2017 12:38pm

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Thanks, Holmesy. Glad you enjoyed it!

Sat, August 12th, 2017 5:41am

Criss Sole

I loved the topic you chose to write about. I truly enjoyed reading it and thought it was very well written.

Mon, August 14th, 2017 6:02am

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read and to comment, Criss. Glad you enjoyed the story.

Mon, August 14th, 2017 1:35am

Mark Reece Healey

Wow! Loved it! I love how you are able to write a full blown poem while telling a compelling story. Nicely done!!

Sat, August 26th, 2017 10:01pm

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Thanks, Mark. I always enjoy it when I go and visit Wonderland.

Sat, August 26th, 2017 3:05pm

Jeff Bezaire

This is an awesome piece! I love how you tell a story in such a whimsy poem. You've done a great job at combining short story and poetry! This very much feels like it was written in the nineteenth century - the stanza about Tweedle Dee not wanting to work and Tweedle Dum attached to his head is my favourite and very much has that humorous, bouncy quality of a nineteenth century children's rhyme. The wording is so good.
I also like the phrase 'disaster and doom'y. A clever bit.
You bring back all the classic characters in a wonderful way and add a new dimension to Wonderland; rebelling against the Queen's sentence.
This was a fun read! I always enjoy stories about Alice and her many adventures in Wonderland, and you've crafted a delightful one here!

Fri, September 22nd, 2017 1:30am

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Thanks so much for that brilliant comment, Jeff. I really enjoyed writing each of the Wonderland poems, partly I suppose because there are just so many crazy characters to have a bit of fun with.

Fri, September 22nd, 2017 7:47am

Aurora.

this is a great poem/story.

Tue, October 24th, 2017 11:53pm

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Thank you very much IaN (is that okay for a shortened version?)

Wed, October 25th, 2017 3:41am

Jay Rose

I love the "hopping" rhythm the poem takes on; the feel of it resonates with the quirky madness associated with Wonderland! (aka, great job!)

Mon, January 8th, 2018 8:34pm

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Haha! So glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading!

Mon, January 8th, 2018 12:50pm

D Mays

Delightful imagination! Thanks for posting this writing. I enjoyed it. Daniel

Wed, February 14th, 2018 3:07pm

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Well, thanks, Daniel. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

Wed, February 14th, 2018 9:40am

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