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Gran's Got Gerbils

 The following poem is based on a true story 

We were sitting down one evening when the phone began to ring,
“Hello mum,” said Father, “Can I help with anything?”
Grandmother then answered, “There’s a gerbil in my house!”
“Do you really mean a gerbil? Don’t you mean a mouse?”
“I’m certain it’s a gerbil,” My grandmother defended,
“And the fact you think I’d get that wrong makes me feel offended.”
“I’m sorry, but a gerbil? Are you really sure?”
“Yes I am. It must be one of those they’ve got next door.”
“We’re on our way.” Said my Dad and then hung up the phone,
And then within the hour we were at Grandmother’s home.

“Ok Mum, please tell me, just what did you see?”
“It came out from the kitchen and went under the TV.”
Dad went in a cupboard and then took out a trap,
Set it with some chocolate and waited for the “Snap!”,
It only took a moment, and what do you suppose?
A great big rat staggered out, the trap caught on its nose!
Dad chased it to the garden and gave it quite a whack,
“It’s ok Mum, that gerbil is never coming back”,
“Thank you Son, you know that I’d have struggled doing that,
But it could have been so much worse. It could have been a rat!”

Copyright © Sharon Smith

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  1. Date: 11/30/2012 6:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Francine's "Humor Me" contest Sharon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 2:34:00 PM
    Sharon, it.. congratulations with your poem... always~ :-) PD

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 11:52:00 AM
    Great story Sharon, love it...congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 10:56:00 AM
    Great write. Congratulations on the win!

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 10:18:00 AM
    hahaha, and I was thinking SHE was maybe the clever one calling them over to catch a gerbil thinking they would not do it for her if they were afraid of rats! This was awesome! Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 8:28:00 AM
    ha love it , its given me a giggle, big congratulations on your win xx

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 8:15:00 AM
    beautiful poem my friend Sharon. It makes me smile...congrats on your win.. Hugs, Maria

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 7:41:00 AM
    LOL now...a wise person tries to only see what they can handle LOL [so nice to read your writing!] Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 7:04:00 AM
    I LOVE poems based on true a true story. Fanatastic form of telling it. Great win. COngrats. Ellie Daphne

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 5:00:00 AM
    Haha So funny, loved it Congrats Sharon ....Seren

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 10:53:00 PM
    Congratulations on your Second place, Sharon! Ruben.

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 10:23:00 PM
    congrats on your second place win in the contest Sharon

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 11:56:00 AM
    that was so funny when i read it if i was drinking tea would of came out my nosie

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    Date: 11/1/2012 11:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi lil sis, Let me know if you need help uploading your poems. xx
  1. Date: 10/28/2012 7:33:00 PM
    This is very funny. Have you read any Ogden Nash? If not please read his poem "The Purist" about Professor Twist. I thought of it after I read this poem of yours.

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 4:46:00 AM
    haha! very funny! Have you seen the movie "Ratatouille?" Reminds me of some of the scenes.