move over, edward lear


Mastodon and pussycat went to sea

in a canoe without any oars.

Said Mastodon to Kitty, “Isn’t it pretty,

this mirrored reflection of stars?”

Replied puss to pachyderm,

“Move a little astern, your trunk

is blocking my view.”

So he took a step back but,

alas and alack! stars scattered

as boat tipped in deep blue…


…which may be why mastodons are extinct and cats hate water 😉


Linking with dVerse Poets prompt featuring artwork by Catrin Welz-Stein.

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 08:17:34

    I love it! You’ve out-Leared Lear and, as others have noted too, rivalled Aesop. And of course that MUST be the explanation.about mastodons and cats; I’m so glad to be enlightened.


  2. Singledust
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 01:05:56

    love your play of words and like an original Aesop fable feel here.


  3. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 16:15:00

    Ha! I love that little “why” at the end.


  4. rothpoetry
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 08:52:51

    I love your cute poem! A great story for kids. I think they would get a laugh out of it.


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 15:00:31

    Ha.. love that conclusion… poor mastodon


  6. Glenn Buttkus
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 13:40:09

    For me, you seemed to have the most fun with it–pushing it gently into almost fable
    It warms the soul, and tickles the elusive funny bone.


  7. Frank Hubeny
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 12:36:05

    Yes, that explains it. Nice sound!


  8. Waltermarks
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 11:17:25

    You just can’t take an elephant anywhere these days.


  9. georgeplace2013
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 10:26:10

    Clever and fun. I love it, Lynn


  10. lillian
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 08:16:31

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! You had me with the title and then I laughed outloud while almost choking on my coffee with your final comment at the end! 🙂 GREAT take on the image 🙂 You’ve started my day with a grin and an audible chuckle. Happy Wednesday!


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  12. kim881
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 02:10:49

    So far with this image, Lear was hinted at, but you’ve gone the whole way! A fun poem for Thursday morning and I love the comment at the end!


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