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Bat and Gat: Chicken Thief

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What a sad day out on the farm; A raccoon got a chicken, did harm. At the edge of the heather, The large pile of feathers Was enough to raise the alarm. Bat and Gat knew they’d need an assist, So they asked Juno dog to enlist. They watched at all hours, Did all in their powers, But still one more chicken was missed. They defended another attack, But the raccoon would keep coming back. So they thought, and they planned; This was going to be grand. They were taking a different tack. Juno thought it a brilliant idea, So they ordered some parts from IKEA, With molasses and more, That they got from the store And the rest sent by boat from Korea. Then they waited for all to arrive. Their assembly could now be revived. They put all together, Then added the feathers, And their Tar Chick looked very alive! Just as soon as they put Tar Chick out, Here comes that raccoon with a shout, “Hey chickie babe, dear, Please come over here!” He said, “That’s what I’m talking about!” Well the Tar Chick, see, she never spoke. He said, “Ma’am, are your kin stuck up folk? And he laughed and romanced, Then he grabbed her to dance, And that’s when the molasses jar broke. You see, both of his hands were now caught, And the more that he thrashed, worse it got. With his head and feet stuck, He has run out of luck; It all stemmed from the trouble he sought. Then Bat, Gat, and Juno reappeared. From his head to his toes, he was smeared. Of the Chick, there was nothing; She’d lost all her stuffing, But no longer was he to be feared. He was quiet; he’d quit talking smack. He was so scared they thought he would crack. Once he understood, He got hauled to the woods, And that old coon, he never came back! With the raccoon threat now gone away, The chicks could come back out to play. Hero cats for the win With their big Juno friend, Bat and Gat once again saved the day! ---------- With an obvious nod to Tales of Uncle Remus, by Julius Lester, one my mother read to me, and I to my children, growing up. Time to get with the grands and outline some more stories!

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Date: 3/10/2022 9:03:00 PM
I was going to say this reminds me of the Tar Baby story from Uncle Remus, then I saw your note at the end. It works. Good one. Enjoyable read.
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Date: 3/10/2022 9:39:00 PM
That is true. Children are so receptive and so forgiving!~
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 3/10/2022 9:15:00 PM
Had to cut a few corners or it would be 20 stanzas long. Should be fun to read to Genevieve though. These are ridiculous, but they don’t have to be logical for the kids to get a belly laugh, I have discovered.