Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Rhymer Throw-down Entry






As posted previously, we are having a friendly rhymer throw-down amongst some Storyteller Academy folks to push ourselves to try a rhyming picture book. I must admit, it has been difficult to even get to the lousy draft phase. Hats off to people who write in rhyme. I have enjoyed this exercise (and already have a prose version inspired by this one), and am adding my entry:

Ninja Cat Attack

Midnight prowling, grumbly tummy.
Time to feast on something yummy.

Empty food dish?! Woe is me. 
Life is through! Catastrophe!

No surrender! Time for action.
My poor tum needs satisfaction

Come on human, I need cat chow. 
No more sleeping. Get up. "ME-NOW.” 

Kitten scorned?! Enough of that. [Cat gets dumped outside bedroom door.]
Time to bring out … Ninja Cat. 

Ninja Cat spies tasty kibble.
Going in for one sweet nibble. 

Flatten ears and arch the back.  
Here comes Ninja Cat’s A-
Thwack!

Foiled! Defeated. And unseated.
Ninja Cat feels quite depleted.

Hark! What’s that? A feathered snack? [Sees a bird outside the window.]
Come on Ninja! Cat A-
Whack!

Curse that window, freshly cleaned.
Ninja Cat got submarined. 

Submarine? That sounds like fish.
Mac would make a tasty dish. [Fish’s name is Mac, maybe another fish is there named Cheese, but Cheese is hiding.]

Sneaky simmer. Hold still, Mac!
Got to Ninja Cat A—
SMACK.

Sushi's gone. All hope is dashed! 
Ninja Cat is fading fast. 

Drastic measures. Spot is sleeping.
Ninja Cat is kitty creeping. [Dog has snack near bed.]

One more pounce to get that snack,
Here comes Ninja’s sneak A-
MYAACK

Fur is flying. Spot is growling.
Ninja Cat is hissing, yowling. 

Could it be? Inside that sack.
Ninja Cat needs this A-
TTACK!

Yummy kibble. No more growling. [Dog is eating kibble and Ninja Cat’s tummy isn’t growling.]
Ninja Cat is back to prowling. 

Pillow’s waiting. Sun is dawning.
Ninja Cat can't stop the yawning. 

Purring into dreams so deep.
Ninja Cat is fast A-
Sleep

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Love the rhyming pattern and use of short sentences that really work clearly! Cute story.

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  2. Oh. My. Goodness!! So much fun. Well done, lady! You did such a great job on this. Cat (as always), gets what Cat wants. When you used internal rhyme it was absolutely yummy. LOVED the . . . A whack, A smack A ttack, and finally A sleep. So well done. Thank you so much for all you did to make this fun and satisfying for everyone. So glad you participated.

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