Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rhyme Time Tuesday


It's been a while since I posted rhyme at the Storyteller's Scroll. Here is cumulative ditty with a twist. Enjoy!

Sly Mr. Croc
by Gayle C. Krause

Mr. Croc spread a smile,
as he lounged along the Nile,
eyes narrowed,
as he prowled near a tidy little pile…

Of geese!

The geese were unsuspecting,
and simply not expecting
that a croc with crooked smile
could lounge along the Nile,
eyes narrowed,
as he prowled near a tidy little pile…

Of pigs!

The piggies were all squealing,
their voices not appealing
to the geese so unsuspecting,
who were simply not expecting
that a croc with crooked smile
could lounge along the Nile,
eyes narrowed,
as he prowled near a tidy little pile…

Of snakes!

The snakes were all a slither,
as they squirmed from yon to hither,
cause the piggies were all squealing,
their pig voices, not appealing
to the geese so unsuspecting,
who were simply not expecting
that a croc with crooked smile,
could lounge along the Nile,
eyes narrowed,
as he prowled near a tidy little pile…

Of food!

Food?

Yes, food.

Crocodile food!

There were feathers all a flutter,
as he dined on geese with butter.
And, the piggies with their squeals
made for tasty little meals,
while he ate the squirming snakes
for his mid-day coffee breaks.

So, if you see a smiling croc,
lounging on a slippery rock,
and he shows a toothy grin…

RUN…

Far away from him!




Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Fairy's Call

Putting my YA novels aside to cook, I've been working on two "Fairy" short stories, one for children and one for young adults.

These two short stories have rekindled the "Fairy Call."

The first thing I ever wrote was a fairy picture book, and then another, which led to two MG "fairy" novels. I think this summer, seven years later, I will return to them. Seven sounds like a magic number.

Springtime puts me in a "Nature" frame of mind and those fairies are lurking in my woods, just urging me to pick up their story and rework it.

So, it's on the board.

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