A Deadly Sense of Grace

slithering sideways across the desert sand

the scaly predator rules the land

it’s deadly fangs and sharp eyes

are assurance that it’s victim dies

the snake moves swiftly

and surely

looking for spore

on the desert floor

a sleek desert dancer

with a sense of grace

and place

Blue Cat, Red Rat

one is lean and the other one is fat

people call them blue cat and red rat

blue cat is fast for his size

red rat has beady eyes

blue cat considers him prey

but red rat outruns him all day

blue cat is streaky

red rat is sneaky

blue cat likes his raw meat

red rat thinks cheese is neat

blue cat likes to frolic and play

red rat works at staying away

one day

blue cat’s tail was caught in a trap

and red rat laughed at the mishap

the next day

red rat was caught in a trap

and blue cat ate him in the recap

Free the Frogs!

the swamp committee

held an emergency

meeting one day

snapping turtles

alligators

and fish were there

concerned over the frogs

welfare

someone locked them up

in a wicker basket

with hardly any air

so the swamp committee

gathered to see

how to set them free

the plotters made a plan

to free the frogs

from the man

when the alligator

approached

he ran

the turtle let the frogs loose

saving them from more abuse

the frogs croaked in delight

throughout the night!

Great Balls of Fur!

they gather under couches and chairs

little balls composed of cat hairs

people everywhere concur

all pet homes have balls of fur

the only way to make them go away

is to vacuum everyday

if you love animals that’s okay

and a very small price to pay

The Season of the Bear

there’s a big bear out there

stalking the stock market

and giving everyone a scare

financial wizards are in despair

millionaires are pulling out their hair

small investors fear losing their share

and there’s financial chaos everywhere

because it’s the season of the bear!

Kittens and Acrobats

here’s to death-defying kitties many skills

rivaling acrobats with their physical thrills

cartwheels off of couches and tables

are one of a kitten’s acrobatic stables

acrobats who do aerial stunts on a highwire

have nothing on kittens always willing to go higher

and when it comes to cute, kittens rule

although acrobats are also supercool

Caterwauling

felines spill out into the neighborhood

when night falls because it’s time to prowl

and shock with a bloodcurdling howl

as they fight and mate

or look for prey to eliminate

cats are creatures of the night

eager to explore and eager to fight

they caterwaul like lost souls

on their nightly patrols

feline travelers on every street

ready to court or compete

but their nocturnal activities

bother some people’s sensitivities

who feel it would be just as well

if those cats went straight to hell!

Sea Tales

I met an friendly orca the other day

all she wanted to do was play

two left-tentacled octopuses I met

played their guitars in a watery duet

I was entertained one time by singing krill

swimming off the beautiful coast of Brazil

while surfing with bull sharks off of Bali

I discovered they were gossipy and silly

but I think my favorite tale

is when I rode a blue whale!

Goat Olympics

the competitors stood before the sheer cliff

stirring nervously

nimble hoofs shuffling silently

as they waited for the event to begin

their coats wet from rain

their goal to win

no path to show the way

during the sheer climb

that would take all day

but the mighty goats

looking to become

the greatest of all time

do it for the glory

that treacherous climb

to crown a champion

in the Goat Olympics

gaining fame for all time

My Iggy

we sit side by side in a state of serenity

my Iggy and me

he, a small version of a greyhound

with brown eyes that are profound

that look into my soul

his presence does console

we spend comfortable hours silently

contemplating many a mystery

my Iggy and me.