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The Owl and the Pussycat Visit Paris

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

Some Background

Originally, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat was a nonsense poem written by Edward Lear, and first published in 1871 in his book "Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets.”

"The New Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat" began back in Poems From the Porch 12 with "The Owl and the Pussycat Get Married" and I had so much fun writing it that I have continued on from there, following with "The Owl and the Pussycat Went Into Space," and "The Owl and the Pussycat Went on Safari."

This is their latest adventure but I am enjoying the journey so I am sure there will be more to come. I hope you have fun reading about their visit to Paris, and if you have any suggestions of where they may visit in future please let me know in the comments.

Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

The Owl and the Pussycat Visit Paris

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat travelled to Paris

On a plane that was shiny and sleek.

They shouted with glee, for they had much to see

And could only stay there for a week.

The Owl booked a hotel, and some tours as well,

Then they went for a cruise on the Seine.

The weather was fine, and they heartily dined

On baguettes, escargot and brie.

Escargot and brie,

Escargot and brie,

On baguettes, escargot and brie.

The River Seine: Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

The River Seine: Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

They strolled hand in hand through the city at night,

For Paris is the City of Lights.

They met a street painter, a suave alligator

Who’s accent was worse than his bite.

“Bonsoir ma Cherie, vous et une belle fille,”

He exclaimed to the Pussy in French.

“I must paint your face,” he then said with such grace,

So just sit yourself down on that bench.

On that bench,

On that bench,

So just sit yourself down on that bench.”

Then they went and drank coffee at a little cafe

And nibbled a platter of cheese,

When a black and white skunk, who was slightly drunk,

Stumbled and fell to his knees.

“Excuse me kind Sir,” he said with a slur

To the Owl who was looking concerned.

“If you help me up, I’ll buy you both a cup.

It’s the least I can do in return.

In return,

In return,

It’s the least I can do in return.”

They bid goodbye to the skunk with a nod and a wave

Then made their way to the Tower.

Under Eiffel’s huge span, Owl held Pussy’s hand

And gave her a garland of flowers.

Next Notre-Dame called, the cathedral so tall

And the church bells were simply immense.

The hunchback was there, assailing the stairs

And the atmosphere was very tense.

Intense,

Intense,

And the atmosphere was very tense.

Cathedral Notre Dame: Image by shevi7 from Pixabay

Cathedral Notre Dame: Image by shevi7 from Pixabay

The last place to visit was the Moulin Rouge,

The Owl flew right up to the top.

The red windmill of course, he spun with such force

That from then on it couldn’t be stopped.

They attended a show, the can-can you know

And Pussy-Cat was invited on stage.

The Owl cheered her on, as she danced and sang songs,

And the audience clapped up a rage.

A rage,

A rage,

And the audience clapped up a rage.

Moulin Rouge: Image by Hermann Traub from Pixabay

Moulin Rouge: Image by Hermann Traub from Pixabay

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 20, 2020:

Thank you for that encouraging comment, Linda. I am happy that you enjoyed the poem and images.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 19, 2020:

What a fun poem! I enjoyed reading it very much. The story and the rhythm are lovely. The images are a great match for the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 19, 2020:

Thank you sowspeak, your generous comment is much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on September 18, 2020:

Hi John, this was way too good and too much fun ..with the easy flow of words and turns of phrases and the wonderful, carefully selected paintings. Simply loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 18, 2020:

Yes, Mary, many of us can only travel in our minds, through TV or online at the moment because of the lock-downs and restrictions. I am happy it gave you a smile.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 18, 2020:

I'll be looking forward to more of these. It brought a smile to my longing for a travel face.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 16, 2020:

Hi Nithya. Thank you for reading and enjoying this Owl and Pussycat adventure. Have a great day.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 16, 2020:

A delightful poem about the Owl and the Pussycat's visit to Paris. I enjoyed the poem full of fun experiences—looking forward to reading more in this series.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 16, 2020:

Thank you so much, Rinita, I am glad it felt like you were actually in Paris. I had to include those paintings. Take care.

Rinita Sen on September 16, 2020:

Simply wow! Excellent rhythm and style. Took my trip to Paris through your poem. Sounds so romantic and fulfilling, this trip. And what watercolor paintings you chose! Gorgeous!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 15, 2020:

Thank you for reading this and for your kind comment, Prithviraj.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 15, 2020:

The poem is full of fun and charm. Enjoyed reading the adventurous tale.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on September 15, 2020:

Absolutely ! This community quarantine I'm getting immune ... Thanks again Sir John have a fantastic day!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 15, 2020:

Thank you for taking the time to share your situation, Venkatachari. Take care.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 15, 2020:

I am doing well. Staying careful all these months. Going out only once in a week for vegetables. All other purchases are being made online only. My sons are also okay. One is with me and the other works in Bangalore.

I am unable to spend more time online due to doing every household work myself without any housemaid or servants. So, unable to read articles or posts of my friends here. I select only one post in turns every two days are so, due to this. It's all due to these scary circumstances around us.

I thank you very much for inquiring about my health. Stay safe. Blessings to all.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 15, 2020:

Thank you for that suggestion, Liz. I will consider Monte Carlo.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 15, 2020:

That could be a distinct possibility. Thank you Ms Dora.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 15, 2020:

Just a thought, John. How about next stop Monte Carlo?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 15, 2020:

A fun narrative set in a skillful poetry format. I like it. Bring them to the Caribbean on a deluxe tourist ship whenever you feel like it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 15, 2020:

That is a long long quarantine, Chrish. Stay safe and above all patient. I am glad you enjoyed this adventure and the weird scenery plays in your head...well I hope that is good.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 15, 2020:

Hello Venkatachari, thank you for reading this. I haven't seen you in a while. I hope all is well with you as it is with me.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on September 15, 2020:

Everytime I read no matter what genre,

I always had that weird scenery playing in my head

While reading

A weird scenery yes a weird scenery

Thanks for the awesome adventure while I'm in quarantine I almost forgot it has been 7 months :'( but grateful I'm still alive

A bunge of thanks again Sir John :-)

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 15, 2020:

Hi, Dear John Hansen!

I enjoyed the poem and their visit through Paris with smiles. Very entertaining. Hope all of you are well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 14, 2020:

Shauna, thank you for coming along on the journey and joining in the spirit.

In the spirit

In the spirit

And joining in the spirit.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 14, 2020:

I enjoyed the Owl and Pussycat's visit to Paris, John. They seem to have had a relaxing, romantic visit. I've never been to Paris. I'm glad we were invited along for the journey.

The journey. The journey.

Invited along for the journey. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 14, 2020:

Thank you, Louisa. I am pleased that you found this poem interesting.

Louisa young from Lagos Nigeria on September 14, 2020:

Very interesting

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 14, 2020:

Hi Devika, good to see you. Thank you for saying this is one of my best poems. Much appreciated.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 14, 2020:

John Hansen Great adventures between the two and another one of your best poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Thank you for the kind words, Lora. Glad to hear this is your favourite. I have a feeling they may go to the sea side. Let’s wait and see.

Lora Hollings on September 13, 2020:

This is such a cute poem, John. And another wonderful adventure for these two in one of the most romantic cities in the world! This has to be my favorite one in your series so far. I wonder where they will go next?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Vidya, thank you so much. I wanted to try to portray Paris successfully in the tale. I am happy the illustrations helped.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Peg, so glad you are enjoying this series. Thank you for all those suggestions for future adventures. You are right, the possibilities are endless.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

I am glad they got to visit most of the “in” places, Linda. They are probably the only ones I know. Well there are a couple more like The Louvre and Arc de Triomph but couldn’t fit them all in.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Thank you Liz. I have a feeling they may be off to the seaside next, but you just have to wait and see.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Hi Marie, god to see you back and receive a comment from you. I am glad you enjoyed this. Hmm the South Pole, that maybe pushing it. But we’ll see..anything is possible.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 13, 2020:

Thoroughly enjoyable poem with beautiful illustrations, John. Enjoyed the journey and the amazing sights of this beautiful city through your poem.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2020:

What a great series you have here with the Owl and the Pussycat. The illustrations you used added visual delight to your fun poem. I like the idea of them traveling to places all around the world. That gives you almost endless possibilities with cities, towns, national parks, and even factories where items used around the world originate. Even visiting tourist spots like Disneyworld, state fairs, Olympics, etc. could be fun. They might like taking classes together such as cooking, gardening, language, etc. On and on it goes!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 13, 2020:

John, I'm loving this series. I've been to Paris, and they hit all the "in" places to go. Well done.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 13, 2020:

This is an extremely well-crafted addition to the series. You have chosen beautiful illustrations that complement the article well. Where to next for the Owl and the Pussycat?

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on September 13, 2020:

Absolutely charming through and through, John! I can't imagine Owl and Pussycat visiting the South Pole (Antarctica), but perhaps you can.

Blessings!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 13, 2020:

I've never visited Paris, but after reading this take on The Owl and the Pussycat, I would really love to!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Hey, thank you Bill. Glad you enjoyed this fun journey. Well, I guess I can use both Eric’s idea and yours...Tasmania is part of Australia, so I am sure the Owl and the Pussycat can visit there.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 13, 2020:

Oh, that was fun, and you are seriously talented, John! Thanks for the journey. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Eric's idea is a good one, of course, Eric being Eric, but I would prefer a more exotic place....say Borneo or Tasmania!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Eric, it is wonderful that this brought back memories of your time in Paris. I appreciate that you would like this series to continue, so I'll do my best. Okay somewhere in Australia will be on the list for a future adventure.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 13, 2020:

Wonderful - I really like that repeating deal at the ends. Your layout was really cool. Whether you have been there or not you brought me back to those places I could see in my minds eye. I had not thought of my living there for a good while, nice memories. You must keep this series going, you must, you must you must keep this series going.

May I request a journey to a place of yours in Australia, pretty please.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

I've never been to Paris, so I just had to fake it with the places they visited etc and hope it seemed authentic. Thank you, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 13, 2020:

Yu said you had fun writing these poems and this one was also fun to read. I really liked the Owl and Pussycat going to Paris. It seems they visited the highlights of this wonderful city. This is another good poem, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Lorna, I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. It pleases me to read that this is your favourite in the series so far. Glad you liked the images too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Thank you very much, Drew. In fact, I really enjoy telling stories through my poetry. I am glad you appreciate it.

Lorna Lamon on September 13, 2020:

You brought the delights of Paris to life in this wonderful creative poem full of wit and charm. The images create the perfect backdrop to this enjoyable experience. This would have to be my favourite in this series John.

Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 13, 2020:

It's very interesting to read such a poetic narration of a story. It's kinda rare in these times. Thanks for sharing this awesome piece.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2020:

Thank you, Alma. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

Alma Evans on September 13, 2020:

Very well written. Enjoyed a lot, LOL :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2020:

Ankita, thanks for reading and the kind words. I am happy that you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2020:

Hey, Flourish. I appreciate your visit, and thanks for the suggestion. Sounds like a good possibility for future stories.

Ankita B on September 12, 2020:

I enjoyed reading this very much. Greatly composed and full of humour. Totally loved their trip to Paris.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 12, 2020:

Very cute! One of my favorites as well. Perhaps they could visit major cities or counties of the world in your series? Just an idea.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2020:

Hi Rosina. I appreciate your generous comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading this.

Rosina S Khan on September 12, 2020:

"The Owl and the Pussycat Visit Paris" is interesting and full of humor. I enjoyed it a lot. Beautifully composed too, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2020:

Thank you , Cheryl. Yes, I kind of like the Owl and the Pussycat too.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 12, 2020:

The Owl and the Pussycat is one of my favorites. I like what you have done with them.