Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

The Singing Bat - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

A bird was caught inside a trap
which closed its claws with a loud snap.
The snap was heard by Fritz the cat
who had been stalking a young bat.

The bat was hanging from a tree
had wrapped around a twig his knee.
'AHA', the cat now saw the bird
it was a finch, and it occurred

to Fritz the cat that here was food
enough to lift a feline's mood.
He'd eat the bird right in the trap
and afterward take a short nap.

The finch had lifted up his wing
and, full of love, began to sing.
He figured if this day meant death
he'd entertain with his last breath.

The cat was just about to eat
when that sweet voice, now in defeat,
sang, in e-flat the Lorelei
and Fritz the cat began to cry.

And if you know a thing or two
perhaps from visits to the Zoo:
A cat can either eat or cry,
not both. And trapped birds cannot fly.

The bat, who had observed the drama
in upside-down-like panorama,
approached because this tearful issue
required help and Kleenex tissue.

The closest thing to tissue though
is bat-wing skin and if you blow
across the tears toward the wing
a bat will likely start to sing.

And, right away, that's what transpired,
the bat sang loudly. And inspired
the cat to see him as a meal,
complete with musical appeal.

The bat soon sang of Mother Goose,
predictably, tied his own noose.
Was eaten by the hungry cat,
it's Nature's way when cat eats bat.

When Fritzie got up from his nap
he let the finch out of the trap.
The finch who saw a hungry eye
began to sing the Lorelei.

Comments about The Singing Bat by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (10/24/2005 9:21:00 PM)

    It was a nice read Herbert :) I liked it! (Report) Reply

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  • Ernestine Northover (10/24/2005 1:24:00 PM)

    It's a wonder the poor finch didn't go batty! ! ! ! ! A fun story Herbert, I enjoyed it! Sincerely Ernestine (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2005 5:45:00 AM)

    Cute one! poor bat: ( Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 24, 2005

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