(For Will, Grant, Alex and Zack)
Is There a Mouse in the Oven? An Adventure of The Brown’s Mouse…
Dashi could not help it.
There was a little ledge on the edge of the
oven door where he could just fit.
It was cozy and warm.
I’ll just rest a bit, he thought.
They’re finished for the night.
I’ll just sit tight.
He did not see
Mrs. Brown slip into the kitchen
To turn up the heat
He was fast asleep.
Elan was nowhere around
Dashi quietly snoozed
On the warm ground
Until the door flew open
And he fell down
Into the oven.
I won’t be a moment,
Yelled Mrs. Brown
I’ll just thaw this out
As she slid a slab of frozen chuck
Onto the rack
Oh no, thought Dashi
Where is the cat when I need her?
Or those two poodles too?
Dashi stretched up as high as he could
And just barely peeked out the glass window
He looked forlornly into the dark and empty room
That sealed his doom
I’m going to roast
If I run around, that will help
Or just maybe make the end come faster…
What if I just try some icy meat
It might just keep me from building up heat…
And so he nibbled on the ice
Forgetting he was in a vise
Whose outcome would not be very nice.
But wait! From afar
He heard a call
Elan! He yelled.
She could not see,
But heard Dashi’s cry instantly.
I’m in the oven! Dashi yelled
So that is what I smelled, she said
You smelled my fur?
So am I dead?
No, I smelled meat,
I’m sure it’s red…
Oh help! He cried
Jumping up and down
I’m not strong enough to move
The door up or down
I know. But what about the dogs? He said.
You bet. Elan raced to scare them
Out of bed.
In seconds, he heard
The clicking of their rapier nails and
Then spotted two golf-ball wagging tails
Dashi jumped up and down
The poodles bared glistening fangs
A light flew on
What’s in the door? Gasped Mrs. Brown
Who then could see Elan
On top of the stove
There is a mouse!
The poodles jumped up and down
In time with Dashi
Elan stood her ground
Mrs. Brown bent down and saw
Dashi hurling himself around…
IS THERE A MOUSE IN THE OVEN? She said
I’m surprised it is not dead!
A ball of fluffy silver dust
That would fall apart with just a touch.
Let him roast! Said Kirk, the son
Let him die for what he has done
Elan glared into his face
All hard and reddened with distaste
You too! Said Kirk
Kill that mouse
We won’t have him in our house
Well, I just don’t know what to do
Said Mrs. Brown
My kitchen is a zoo
Why all the commotion? Yelled Mr. Brown
You’d think the circus was in town
Just a couple of mice I need to drown,
Said Kirk, grimly staring Elan down
Well, I am going to check the meat
Said Mrs. Brown, then reset the heat
She opened the oven door and out
Scrambled Dashi, who fell to the floor
Don’t bother us anymore! yelled Kirk
But Dashi and Elan had already
Scampered away to have at least one more
The dogs forgot, but
Kirk hung a slingshot near the door…
Just in case…