A Spell To Catch A Rat

Rating: 4.2

Come dear rat, gnawer of wood,
Come dear rat, hungry for food.

Come leave your home under the floor,
Come up through the hole you made before.

Come follow the scent that tickles your nose,
More sweet it is than any rose.

It’s peanut butter, your favourite taste
So do not let it go to waste.

Come follow the trail of this lovely smell,
Be not afraid, all will be well.

Just a few steps and there’s your prize,
To leave it now would be unwise.

There it sits in that beautiful trap
So in you go, there’s a good chap.

Come dear rat, just step inside,
See how the door is open wide.

There’s nothing to fear, the trap’s humane,
I guarantee you’ll feel no pain.

So in you go and take the bait,
Take it now, it’s not too late.

Well done, brave rat, you’ve gone inside,
My spell tonight has been your guide.

The trap has sprung, the door has shut,
But do not be disconsolate,

I’ll help you start a new career,
Though many, many miles from here.

Kavya Murthy 10 June 2005

the way you kill sounds so FRIENDLY: P.are your rats the size of the bandicoots we have here in India? these bandicoots are terrible creatures.

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Sylvia Spencer 02 April 2005

peter i am so sorry I have had to by pass your previous poems, not because I did'nt like them. Of course I did, But with a capital B. I have three cats. you can guess the rest. I have a poem called Feline Friends read it some time I love this poem. cheers sylvia

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Scarborough Gypsy 28 March 2005

Yes, I like this one. I don't like cruelty to animals of any kind.

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Philippa Lane 19 March 2005

This could only have been written by an Englishman....it conjures up a lot of amusing images of you on your hand and knees setting the trap! Loved it.

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dissatified exmember 19 January 2005

HEHEHEHHE thats great Peter Thanks. I have been down that road. I hate killing them but what choice do we have. (((Hugs))) Jan

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Robert Howard 26 November 2006

Very kind and classy. I am sure Jack would approve.

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Pia Andersson 26 July 2006

My cat Elvis wishes to thank you...a bit dissapoited at you though, thinks you are too soft...What a clever and sweet little poem Peter..you brought joy to me this morning -Pia

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Zoe Smith 17 July 2006

great poem and an awsome example of respecting life, very gentle, I think children would like this poem too.

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Sylvia Spencer 02 March 2006

Love the poem Peter and love you for not killing him. cheers Sylvie

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Emma Johnson 12 February 2006

Your words are as enticing as your trap, Peter.

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