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The Owl and the Pussycat Went to the Seaside

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Adventures Continue

Due to the "overwhelming" response to 'The Owl and the Pussycat Visit Paris' I just had to write another story to continue this loveable duo's adventures, and what better setting for a fun story than the seaside?

With the world the way it is at the moment and travel severely restricted, or not allowed at all in some places, this may offer a little light-hearted escapism and allow you to imagine being someplace you'd love to be.

I have a few suggestions of where they can travel to in future stories so it will be a surprise where they end up next. For now, though, I hope you enjoy this day at the seaside.


Image by Debi Brady from Pixabay

Image by Debi Brady from Pixabay

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went to the Seaside

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to the seaside

In a rocking and rattling old train.

They loved the sea breeze, that blew the palm trees,

And they knew they would come here again.

The train came to a stop, and off our friends hopped,

Then they went for a walk on the beach.

They bought two iced teas, that were sugar free

But had infusions of lemon and peach.

Lemon and peach,

Lemon and peach,

Had infusions of lemon and peach.

Image by Louise Dav from Pixabay

Image by Louise Dav from Pixabay


As they strolled along the waves lapped at their feet,

The water was soothing and cool.

Owl held Pussy’s hand, as they walked on the sand,

They saw fish swim past in a school.

They placed their towels down, and sat on the ground

And unpacked a picnic for two.

They shared cheese and grapes, and also canapes

While admiring the ocean so blue.

So blue,

So blue,

Admiring the ocean so blue.

Image by Louise Dav from Pixabay

Image by Louise Dav from Pixabay


When they finished their lunch the Owl helped Pussy up,

They ran to the water to swim.

Pussy was scared of waves, but she tried to be brave,

And the Owl said to just follow him.

They swam and they dived, gave each other high-fives,

Then raced back up onto dry land.

Once dried off and dressed, the Owl’s desire he confessed

To go listen to his favourite band.

Favourite band,

Favourite band,

Listen to his favorite band.

Image by Louise Dav from Pixabay

Image by Louise Dav from Pixabay


They arrived at the venue where the concert was held

And found a good spot at the front.

The band, “The Bird Cage” were up on the stage

Practising and setting up.

They waved to the Owl, in his board shorts and towel,

And asked him to come join the group.

The band were all birds, and the Owl knew the words.

To sing with the band was a coup.

A coup,

A coup,

To sing with the band was a coup.

Image by steven underhill from Pixabay

Image by steven underhill from Pixabay


The crowd clapped and cheered as “The Bird Cage” performed,

Pussy proud of her husband the Owl.

His voice was so sweet, and he sang to the beat

Of the drummer, a magnificent Fowl.

Pussy danced with the crowd, and sang along loud,

Then waved to the Owl and the band.

He pointed back too, saying, “This song’s for you,

The prettiest cat in the land.

In the land,

In the land,

The prettiest cat in the land.”


Image by Please Don't sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay

Image by Please Don't sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

manatita44 from london on November 03, 2020:

You are bro ... you are. We have to use the ego to defend ourselves at times, but we are also made in the image of Spirit!! LOL.

The pictures are awesome, by the way. I'm Caribbean and they remind me of our natural beauty. Dora will support me here. Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Hi MsDora. I am glad I was able to set a happy playful ambience with this poem. That is what I try to achieve with these 'Owl and the Pussycat' adventures.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Thank you manatita, you described me well..sweet, cute, charming and childlike haha. Glad you enjoyed the poem too.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 02, 2020:

I love the happy playful mood of the poem. We share the good time that the owl and the pussycat had. Right for this time!

manatita44 from london on November 02, 2020:

Sweet, cute, charming and childlike ... 21st century too. Lol. Well done!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Brenda, thanks for reading this and for the wonderful comment. The video was working but now says it is no longer available. I will find one to replace it with, but thanks for bringing that to my attention.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 02, 2020:

Awe...to venture to the seaside was magical.

To swim, have a picnic for two & watch your favorite band.

Then to see your husband perform with them is a great treat.

Some days you get a star shining down upon you...this is one of those days.

Lovely series.

P.S. - I tried to watch the video but it isn't working.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Thank you for reading and enjoying this story/poem, Peg. I am not sure where they will go next but have a few options.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comment, Ankita. Yes they have a lot of love and fun on their adventures.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Chrish, I am happy this made you feel like a child again and that you like a story with images. Japan is a good suggestion for a visit. I will think about that. You have a good week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2020:

Your cute poetry has me smiling today. We can all use sweet journeys of our minds like this on occasion. I cannot wait to see where the owl and the pussycat go next on a vacation. Right now, I will continue to think of their fun at the seaside.

Ankita B on November 02, 2020:

It's always wonderful to read their journey, full of love and enjoyment. I love how the Owl and the Pussycat explore places. Always brings a smile on my face. Lovely poem.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 02, 2020:

Ahh it feels like im a child again! Also it's my favorite part reading a book with a bunge of images below the lines, as far as I'm excited for the next line so as the images 10×! And oh please let your Owl and Pussycat visit Japan Sir John :-)

An awesome day to you! A bunge of love from the philippines

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Thank you Marie, I will try that.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 02, 2020:

Oil pastels aren't bad, John. I did my WINFRED, THE TOY NANNY children's book with them and colored ink pens. The pastels make a very solid color and can be blended to a smoother look with Q-tips and facial tissue. Have fun experimenting. You'll eventually find a medium that works best for you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

The drawing was just done with colour pencils, Marie. I really need to find a better medium. Glad you liked it though. The owl could have flown with the seagulls but he prefers to fly at night.

Thanks for reading and enjoying Marie.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Thank you for reading this VAISHALI. Much appreciated.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 02, 2020:

I love your original image, John. Was that done with crayon? It's cute.

You did a good job keeping the poem's form with the repeating lines. For some reason, I imagined that you would have the owl flying with the seagulls or some such interaction.

I love the feel of sand when walking barefoot on the beach. Maybe the owl and cat do too.

It's a fun poem. Thank you for writing it; it got my morning off to a nice start.

VAISHALI from INDIA on November 02, 2020:

nice story

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 02, 2020:

Thank you, Devika. Glad you loved this adventure.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 02, 2020:

Hi John A great escape indeed. I loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Linda, I am not sure if you can even get lemon and peach iced tea but it sounds good. Yes warming up here quickly. Take care. Glad you enjoyed.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 01, 2020:

First, I want some of that lemon and peach tea. Although you are looking forward to warm(er) weather and where I live we are plunging head-first into Winter. {{Sigh}}.

Your Owl and Pussycat are so very in love. Their travels are such a joy, and a relief from the real world. Thank you for this. I loved it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Hello Rosina. Nice to know you enjoyed this tale. It was fun to write. The Owl and the Pussycat are likely to turn up anywhere. So stay tuned.

Rosina S Khan on November 01, 2020:

"The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went to the Seaside" is full of fun and humor and I enjoyed it a lot. I also loved the sketch of the owl and the pussycat. It would be great to know where the duo visit next and I am waiting in anticipation.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Hi Flourish. Yes they do haha. Where will they go next?

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 01, 2020:

How very sweet! They have wonderful little adventures together.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Hi Karen, I am happy you had fun reading this and enjoyed the video too. Take care.

Karen A Szklany from New England on November 01, 2020:

Fun poem and illustrations! Also enjoyed watching the entertaining video. ~:0) Looking forward to reading more! ~:0)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Thank you MG, we need a little escape from our everyday life now and then, even if it is just for a few minutes of fun. Glad you enjoyed this. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

So glad you enjoyed this seaside tale Shauna. Nothing is beyond the Owl haha. I will have to put my thinking cap on for their next adventure.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Thank you MizB. I appreciate that. I need to improve my colouring technique though. I’m not the best at that.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Thanks Umesh. I wasn’t 100% happy with the sketch but glad you thought it was ok.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Hey Bill, that is the plan at some stage. Let’s see what happens. It could end up as a book. Thanks buddy.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 01, 2020:

How and pussycat adventure written by you certainly enthralls. Such deals make us forget the mundane events of everyday life. Looking forward to the next installment.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 01, 2020:

What a way to start my Sunday! I love this Owl and Pussycat adventure, John. It reads so smoothly and puts the reader right alongside our loving, adventurous duo. I can't wait to see where they go next. And who knew Owl is so talented.

So talented

So talented

Who knew Owl is so talented!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 01, 2020:

John, this is one of your very best. Need I say more except that I love your drawing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on November 01, 2020:

Interesting poetry. John, your sketch is equally impressive.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 01, 2020:

This is, for sure, children's book material! I know a few parents who would read this to their kids at bedtime. Well done, buddy!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Hi Pamela. Thanks for reading and seconding Lorna’s suggestion that these stories could be in a book. I have fun writing them though it takes quite a bit of work to keep to the original style.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

I agree with Lorna about these poems being in a book as they are delightful. The images are also adorable. I particularly liked the description of the band and the pussy dancing with the crowd.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

I wish I could pack as much into a day at the beach or holiday as these two, Lorna. Thank you for reading and enjoying this poem. Glad you liked the drawing too. Who knows where to next.

Lorna Lamon on November 01, 2020:

I can see these wonderful poems in a book John which I am sure would delight adults and children. I smiled at the sugar free iced teas, and was intrigued by how much they packed into their visit. I love your drawing of the intrepid pair, it's almost as if the owl is saying "Where are we going next". Looking forward to the next trip and this poem was indeed a lovely escape.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Hello Liz, I am glad you enjoyed this little seaside adventure. Half the fun will be the surprise of where they go next.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on November 01, 2020:

You are welcome brother.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 01, 2020:

I really enjoyed this upbeat article. You show great skill in keeping the writing in pace with the rhythm of the original. I am intrigued to see where they end up next.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 01, 2020:

Jeremiah, thank you for reading. I couldn’t ask for more than your son to enjoy this story/poem and the images. That makes me happy. Have a great day.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on November 01, 2020:

Those images are so beautiful. I love reading stories with images with my son and this made our Sunday. My son keeps on laughing on seeing those cartoons. Thanks brother. Much love from Nairobi.