A Rainy Day Read by
(28 Stories)

Prompted By Rainy Days

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Who was the cat?

Just a bad book baddie? 

Or was he something more.

Who are these false crusaders

who pull the books from our shelves,

who interpret their bogus meanings

without credibility or reserve.


In a day of dismal rain

with a fish who only swims

sat our two despondent children

as the cat commotion begins.


Like a book that opens doors

He appeared so colorfully real

Like a book that takes you places

He made his stay surreal


The cat did things no one does,

he crossed the parental lines.

He admonished the downcast day

with spectacular tricks of all kinds.


So Sally and Sam were enraptured 

and the boredom slowly decreased

The long day of rain forgotten

by the visit of this lyrical beast.


Soon the voice of the fish awoke them

reminding them the house needs a cleaning.

Just then the cat returned to help them,

leaving no trace of his fabled meaning.


Cats dressed in hats and red striped gloves

are as important to us as the creators we love.

Get out of our libraries, get out of our schools,

Your psychotic tendency are making these rules.

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Characterizations: right on!


  1. Thanx Patty for your poetic and always inspired take on the Retro prompts.

    Book banning is way up there with the most regressive of acts, we should all be raging in the streets!

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    The cat in the hat comes back! Vive le chat!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    Love this Patty. Bravo for the Cat in all his manifestations. And thank you for railing, in your own specific way, against the book bans.

  4. You have such a fantastic way of suddenly providing a meaningful coda to a narrative. I try not to read your endings first in order not to destroy the surprise in your narrative. Thus I always reread you poetry waiting again for the anticipated rush of meaning. Thanks

  5. Laurie Levy says:

    Cat in the Hat was one of my favorites to read to my children and grandchildren. I love its rhythm, whimsy, and wit. I think I could recite it from memory.
    NO BANNED BOOKS. Leave our libraries and schools alone.

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