The Owl and the Pussycat Went on Safari

Updated on September 12, 2020
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John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Monty Python, Mr Bean, And Edward Lear.

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Another Owl and the Pussycat Adventure

This is the third poem I have written as part of what I call The New Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat. The first two poems were 'The Owl and the Pussycat Get Married' and 'The Owl and the Pussycat Went Into Space.'

As a child I loved the original by Edward Lear 'The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea' and I have always been inspired by his nonsense verse and limericks, so I thought why not carry on this engaging story by adding more stand-alone adventures.

I had trouble getting the previous poem passed the automatic filter that disables advertising here, so I changed the title slightly.

There will be more to follow, at least that is my intention.

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went on Safari

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went on safari

In an old jeep that rattled and shook.

They drove across the plain, and then back again,

And couldn’t tell how long it took.

The Owl had no gun, this was only for fun

To observe animals in the wild.

It was no dilemma, for he had a camera,

And the Pussy-Cat just waved and smiled.

Smiled,

Smiled,

The Pussy-Cat just waved and smiled.


They approached an elephant at a cool stream,

That drank water and sprayed with its trunk.

“We like your style,” the Owl said with a smile,

“You can breath if you ever get sunk.”

The elephant sprayed some water their way,

Then turned and ran off to the trees.

The Owl shook his wings, and they started to sing,

“Beware of an elephant’s sneeze,

Sneeze,

Sneeze,

Beware of an elephant’s sneeze.”

Image by Džoko Stach from Pixabay
Image by Džoko Stach from Pixabay | Source


They stopped for a snack beneath a boab,

Dining on strawberries and cheese,

When a mother giraffe, and her lively young calf

Stopped by to munch on some leaves.

The giraffes were so tall, Pussy felt small,

As she looked at their long necks in awe.

The owl flew above, said, “Don’t worry My Love,

At least you can fit through a door.

A door,

A door,

At least you can fit through a door.”

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Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay | Source


Entering the jungle with a hop and a skip,

The Owl held the Pussy-Cat’s hand.

A gorilla swung down on a vine to the ground,

Asking, “What brings you to this land?”

“The amazing landscape, and the King of Apes,

We heard you were one and the same!”

He took it in his stride, beat his chest in pride,

“Well, I do hope you come back again.

Again,

Again,

I do hope you come back again.”

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The safari was over, they had to go home,

Their time here, quite sadly, was brief.

“We’ll be back one day, but we must be away,”

Said the Owl with a sigh of relief.

Saying, “Goodbye,” Pussy tried not to cry,

She always found parting was hard.

But back in the jeep, she dozed off to sleep,

While the Owl just sat back and played cards.

Played cards,

Played cards,

The Owl just sat back and played cards.

© 2020 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      12 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Jason. I enjoyed writing this. I appreciate your comment.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      12 days ago from AZ

      Awesome! Cute and funny. I loved it. Nice work.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Umesh. I am glad to give you some amusement. Thank you for reading.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      4 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Amusing. Enjoyed it.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MG, much appreciated. Glad it was educational.

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      MG Singh emge 

      5 weeks ago from Singapore

      Nice poem and I read it for the first time. Good education

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Priyanna. Thank you for reading this and for following me. This is the second one I have written involving the Owl and the Pussycat, and there are more to come. Have a great day/night.

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      Priyannah 

      5 weeks ago from Philippines

      Love the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" That was performed by my pupils a year ago. I'm glad you had a version of it.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I had those same childhood memories of the original poem, Nithya. I am happy you enjoyed this adventure. Stay tuned for more.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 weeks ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed the safari and the wonderful experiences of the owl and the pussycat. Your poem brought back fun childhood memories, a fantastic poem, Looking forward to reading more in this series.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Devika, thank you for the encouraging comment. I am so glad you enjoyed this.

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      Devika Primic 

      5 weeks ago

      The Owl and the Pussy cat is brought to life here. Amazing how you put together a beautiful poem and got me thinking of how i enjoyed this tale.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Lee. Glad this poem bought back memories of the original. Thanks for reading.

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      Lee A Barton 

      6 weeks ago from New Mexico

      So fun to read! Brought back childhood memories of reading the original.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for checking this out Maven101. The first of these can be found in my hub ‘Poems From the Porch 12,” but the second “..Went into Space“ is a stand alone.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this, Denise. Glad you loved the original, and this adventure as well. Blessings to you.

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      maven101 

      6 weeks ago from Northern Arizona

      Thank you, John, for this whimsical and funny poem which pays tribute to Lear's masterpiece...I must look up your other Owl and Pussycat adventures...

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      Denise McGill 

      6 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      How terribly clever! I loved the Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea myself and memorized it at a young age. I used to recite to my kids often when they were growing up. I love this.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, slaythebayfishing, those two sure get around and there are more adventures to come. In my dreams also. Thanks for reading.

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      slaythebayfishing 

      6 weeks ago

      Haha! Your owl and pussy cat are seeing not only places in outer space, but gorgeous sites on earth as well. A photographic safari would be so much fun to experience. In my dreams is the only way it will happen for me.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Greetings Prithviraj. I am glad I managed to bring the story to life. Thank you for your generous comment.

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      Prithviraj Shirole 

      6 weeks ago from India

      Loved the poem. Witty and engagging. I felt like, I was with the owl and pussy-cat in this wonderful safari.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Mary, thank you for appreciating the humour in my poetry. We need a few smiles now and then, especially in current times.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Liz. I am glad was was able to succeed opinion capturing the humour and fun and maintain the style of the original. Much appreciated.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is enjoyable. I like the humour as always in your poems.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      I always enjoy your 'Owl and the Pussycat' series. This is a classic. You are very skilled in creating a humorous and imaginative tale, whilst still keeping to the pattern of the original.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      You and me too, Peggy. Yes, the Owl and the Pussycat sure get around. Thanks for reading.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Haha! Your owl and pussy cat are seeing not only places in outer space, but gorgeous sites on earth as well. A photographic safari would be so much fun to experience. In my dreams is the only way it will happen for me.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Shauna, I can ever condone the shooting of wildlife for sport or recreation. There was no way I’d endorse that in a children’s story. Thanks for the kind comment. Stay tuned for their next adventure.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      This is delightfully refreshing, John. I appreciate the not-so-subtle message presented at the outset that the owl and pussycat carried no guns on their safari. Wildlife is to be appreciated for their majesty, not shot and killed for sport.

      Where will their adventurous spirits take the owl and the pussycat next?

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I understand, Linda. I need my coffee first thing in the morning to function properly.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I am happy that you enjoyed this poem, Chitrangada. Thank you for reading and your kind comment. Glad you liked the pictures also.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      I meant "I enjoyed the Owl and the Pussycat went into outer space." You caught me without coffee.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful, enjoyable and engaging poem! I liked the humour and the creativity. Your pictures are great.

      Thanks for the smiles. Have a good day.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Pamela. I'm glad this gave you a smile. Yes, I have a few more ideas. Maybe there will be a book at some stage. We'll see.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Linda. I don't know how many I will write, but the next one they visit Paris. Who knows maybe London will be on the list. Thanks for enjoying.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      It is great that this was an enjoyable way to start your Tuesday, Bill. Smiles are always welcome here. I will return with more of these tales. Have a great day.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      This is an adorable poem that made me smile throughout the whole poem. The elephant sneeze was so funny! Will you publish a book with the owl and pussycat poems? I think they are very good and a few more would fill a book.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      I enjoyed the owl and pussycat on safari--and this one is even better. How many of these can you do? Do you have plans for the others or is it a secret? I'm thinking they might find themselves in London some day.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh please do come back again and again. This was great fun, a wonderful way to begin my Tuesday. Thank you, John, for the big old smile you planted on my face.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, the originals would be getting rather long in the tooth by now, Eric, so maybe they are offspring in some way, but the semantics escape me as these two are also married lol. I promise to return with another adventure.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I reckon it is fair to compare.

      But I think our duo were definitely a stand alone in this one. To tell the truth I think this owl and pussycat are the children of those other ones. I could be wrong. As the Ape, I hope you come back again with another one.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and loving this poem, Rosina. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and for the kind comment too, Lorna. I thought the Owl and the Pussycat were deserving of being brought back to life in a new series of adventures. Glad you liked the illustrations and video too.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Full of humor this poem, as a part of "The New Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat" is a great deviation from your other works. Simply loved it, John.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      6 weeks ago

      I loved the original poem, however, you have brought the characters to life once again in this wonderful story of fun and adventure. Great illustrations and the perfect video, enjoyed on my tea break over a cuppa and too many biscuits.

      I have family who live in Melbourne so I hope things improve soon. Take care and keep safe across the pond John.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Louise. Thanks for reading and enjoying. Yes, the video is great.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 weeks ago from SW England

      That is so inconsiderate. It's happening here too and I don't understand it.

      Well, keep safe and well, John. All we can do is keep to the rules and hope!

      Ann

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      Louise Powles 

      6 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      I love this version of the famous poem. I love the video at the end too. :)

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Ann. Glad you enjoyed this. All is ok here in Queensland "touch wood." Three young women from Brisbane returned from Victoria with the virus, lied and gave false names, didn't self-isolate, attended church, work, and shopping. Now they are trying to trace everyone they have had contact with.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 weeks ago from SW England

      Brilliant! Much better than the original, John, and your illustrations are wonderful. All so entertaining.

      I hope all's well with you, given what we're hearing about Victoria.

      Ann

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