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Mr. And Mrs. Mouse - A Poem

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.


Mr. And Mrs. Mouse

Mr. Mouse married Miss Mouse.

He brought her to his house;

To lead a “happy” life

With his beautiful wife.

Mr. Mouse was rather lazy.

After marriage, he also became crazy.

First, Mrs. Mouse enjoyed the favour,

Then, she lost her temper.

One morning, she began to shout,

“Mend your ways or get out ….”

Poor, dear Mr. Mouse !

He had to leave his house.

Mr. Mouse began to earn for a living,

He, also, became hard-working.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Mouse was in trouble.

Life, to her, was a lonely struggle.

One day, when she slept quietly,

A cat crept in swiftly.

The watchman Dog came just then,

Seeing him, away the cat ran.

Mrs. Mouse felt sad and scared,

“Oh ! Can these miseries not be ended ?”

She dressed herself and went to Mr. Mouse

To bring him back to ‘his’ house.

She felt sorry for being impertinent,

And made up her mind to be loving and patient.

Mr. Mouse came back, gladly,

For, he had also suffered badly.

- Vanita Thakkar (written sometime in the first half of 1984)


Memories about this poem ....

My friend, Shipra Mathur and I, were classmates and bench-mates, studying in seventh standard (seventh grade) in the Central School (Kendriya Vidyalaya - 1 (K V - 1), Vadodara).

My passion for reading and writing was known. Shipra wanted to see me write a poem. I agreed. We sat down and I started writing.

During those days, in our English lessons, we were studying the nonsense poem - The Owl and the Pussy Cat, by Edward Lear.

So, I thought of writing a nonsense poem. And this poem - Mr. and Mrs. Mouse - is what came up. We laughed and laughed as I wrote the poem.

Shipra loved the poem. She took it home and made her little brother memorize it. He recited it at an upcoming poetry recitation competition at his school and won the first prize.

That was great joy for all of us !!


© 2021 Vanita Thakkar


Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 29, 2021:

Thanks, dear Brenda. Happy to hear from you.

I have quite a few such memories about my poems. Will try to share them.

I am reading responses to your word prompts and enjoying them.

Best regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 29, 2021:

Thanks, MG Singhji. I still love fairy tales. As a little kid, my niece used to call me her fairy.

Lora Hollings on July 29, 2021:

You had me smiling all through your amusing poem. How proud you must have been when your friend’s brother won first prize for the recitation of your poem! This is a poem that many children would love and adults, too, who are young at heart which is the best way to be! Sending love and warm regards, Lora

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 29, 2021:

Thanks, dear Lora. Being able to make you smile (as also Bill and some others as well, probably) means added rewards to my poem.

It was a delightful surprise, proud and memorable - to know about my friend’s little brother winning the first prize. His confidence and cuteness while presenting the poem, as my friend described it, were also remarkable and memorable.

I would love to hear about your niece and nephew enjoying and laughing while reading this poem.

Lots of love and best regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 29, 2021:

Hello, dear Peggy !! Yes, it was a very happy surprise for me. I didn’t know that Shipra had taught the poem to her brother. When she came and told about the recitation and the prize, we rejoiced and celebrated.

I will post a comment on the other recent poem so that it appears in the feed. Looking forward to hearing from you and everyone else on it.

Lots of love and best regards to you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 28, 2021:


It was quite nice to read a cute little poem for a change.

And even more interesting to know it actually won a prize in a recital.

Great job.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 28, 2021:

Nice poem, More like a fairy tale.

Lora Hollings on July 28, 2021:

This poem sure made me smile, Vanita. That must have been a very proud moment when your friend’s brother won first prize for his recitation! I will have to share this with my niece and nephew. I’m sure that they will get a laugh from it. Best wishes to you, Lora.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2021:

This was a cute "nonsense poem." It must have made you very happy when the recitation of it won first prize! I am glad this one appeared in the feed. Try as I might, one of your other ones I could not find. Sorry!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 27, 2021:

Thanks, Ishika. I am glad that you could relate so well to the poem.

Best wishes and blessings to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 27, 2021:

Thanks, Bill for your visit and lovely comments. True, it is a lovely memory.

Happy and thankful on receiving your blessings. Best regards to you.

ISHIKA MEHERE from NAGPUR on July 27, 2021:

I was reminded of my childhood days vanita thakkar ji. I felt amazing to read your poem.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 27, 2021:

Your memory about the poem made me smile just as much as the poem itself. Lovely memory, fun poem, a win-win for me for having read it.

Blessings to you always

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 27, 2021:

Thank you for your kind words in regard to my poems from the "Shadow" word prompt, Vanita. Much appreciated.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 27, 2021:

Thanks, John. Yes, this poem is among the first ones that I wrote in my school days and it is indeed very special. My first poem was in Hindi and I wrote it when I was about nine years old (studying in Fifth standard) ....

I read your poems on Brenda's word prompt - Shadow - and liked them very much. Could not comment, so complimenting you from here. The quotes are beautiful and meaningful. Your love for your grey-scale friend is inspiring. And the story of Patrick the Piglet and Cammy the Calf and the shadow wolf and Halloween celebrations is full of fun and cuteness. In short, your take on the word prompt on "Shadow" is excellent. Keep it up.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 27, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangandaji. So nice to hear from you !! I had a wonderful childhood and great, memorable schooling.

Yes, I agree, the child in us keeps us happy and enthusiastic.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on July 27, 2021:

Thanks, Brother Manatita. Happy to hear from you.

True, blessed memories of childhood keep the child within us alive.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 27, 2021:

Good work, Vanita. Writing this fun nonsense poem. The first poem I wrote at school is also still special to me. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2021:

This is so sweet Vanita—Perfect for the little kids. I loved the rhyme pattern too.

So good to read about your friend and your school days. We should never let the child inside us, go away.

Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 from london on July 27, 2021:

What a success story! Brought out the child in you! No more than seven. A charming write!

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