octet to sing on open road

Based on my boys’ favorite childhood video version (1995 British animated film with Vanessa Redgrave as narrator) of the classic children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame (published 1908).  See octet/octave form at  d’Verse Poets…

if bored by camping under stars,
Wind in the Willows’ Mister Toad
drove gypsy carts and motor cars
at fast speeds down the open road.
with “poop, poop”, Toad did so obsess
his true friends Rat and Mole did fear
that of his life he’d make a mess—
a car thief rap he could not clear.

to dungeon deep, the judge sent Toad
for ten long years, to sob and rot;
escaping with the laundry’s load,
sly “out of jail to freedom” plot.
Toad, reunited with his friends,
returned to reclaim old Toad Hall
swords in paw, rout weasels’ den;
grand speech for celebration ball.

illustration by E.H. Shephard (wikipedia)

illustration by E.H. Shephard (wikipedia)

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. C.C.
    Apr 25, 2015 @ 14:58:15

    Clever telling of the children’s favorite 🙂


  2. katiemiafrederick
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:49:06

    Ah the challenge of Mr.Toad’s

    Wild ride of life.. never a dull

    froggy moment is their ever

    to be life.. ah.. the detours

    can be scary but never the less

    when wild-riders care more for

    their friends than spinning lilies

    Love can be for the grinning win..:)


  3. othermary
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 04:23:14

    Oh, this is delightful! Our kids must be around the same age, as this was a favorite at our house too! Thanks so much for bringing this to mind, Lynn.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 23:13:50

    Ah that Mr Toad, an excellent tribute – really brought back the book for me.


  5. mishunderstood
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 22:22:31

    I always liked Mr. Toad! This was a fun tribute to a classic. 🙂


  6. Bryan Ens
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 22:07:13

    a perfect octet summary of Wind in the Willows. Love the “poop poop” That reminds me perfectly of Toad!


  7. Grace
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 21:19:12

    Nice, I enjoyed the light approach ~ Good to read about the reunion & grand speech at the celebration ahll ~


  8. writerwannabe763
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 19:48:41

    What a fun poem/story…. Diane


  9. Mary
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 18:41:13

    I love your version of Wind in the Willows….that was a favorite story of mine way back when. Your version made me smile.


  10. Kathy Reed
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 18:40:31

    Thanks for sharing this back take at literature, well, in the 40’s or 50’s….I think?
    Nice and easy..sounds effortless to the ears.


  11. Madeleine Begun Kane (@MadKane)
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 18:11:43

    LOL! A fun take, indeed!


  12. kanzensakura
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 17:11:15

    What a fun take on the “road” octet…I love Mr. Toad and his wild ride. The rhyme and rhythm are spot on and I feel I was in the back seat of Mr. Toad’s car.


  13. billgncs
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 17:09:58

    I laughed out loud at the “car thief rap”


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