Monday, October 28, 2013

White Cat's Halloween - a Halloweensie Poem

It's the time of year to gorge small children with sugar and make them pee their pants! Which also means it's time for Susanna Leaonard Hill's Halloweensie contest. The rules: your Halloween story must be 100 words or less and include the words black cat, cackle, and spooky. 

Last year I wrote about the poor Jack O' Lantern who couldn't go trick or treating. This year I'm tackling the serious issue of feline bullying. This particular entry was inspired by a "Short & Sweet" Susanna also hosts monthly. 



(image by jerca via sxc.hu, with edits)
White Cat's Halloween


By Lauri C. Meyers, 2013


Violet's sad on Halloween.
Teasing black cats treat her mean:

"You can't even cause a fright
(image by orleil via sxc.hu)
Wearing fur so milky white!"

Violet narrows bright green eyes,
"I can too cause children's cries!"

Arching back, extended claws
Loudly yowl- expect applause.

Black cats cackle, "What was that?
Sounded like a laughing rat!"
(image by giane via sxc.hu, with edits)

Wilted tail and full of gloom,
Violet mounts her witch's broom.

Fading clouds, one moonlight ray
Makes white fur glow purple gray.

"What was that?" a youngster reels.
"Run! A ghost!" another squeals.
(images by annahe & mzacha via sxc.hu,
with edits)

Violet yowls her kooky mew,
"White cats can be spooky too!"





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Thanks for reading and remember, don't forget white cats can be spooky too!

74 comments:

  1. This is great!

    But I would argue that a laughing rat can be a very scary thing indeed. When my rats laughed at me I knew they were up to something sinister.

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    1. Yes, but you are a frail human type...not tough like a mean black cat!

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  2. This is wonderful! Great job, Lauri!

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  3. Very FUN! I'm glad that the white cat found her forte!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Sometimes the best thing you can be is yourself :)

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  4. Perfecto, Lauri! I am glad to see a white cat enjoying Halloween too. Equality for all! :)

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    1. Black cats do totally have the advantage of hiding in dark places and striking fear when crossing the street, but I've seen a few spooky white cats too. (thanks for your help!)

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  5. Awesome Lauri!

    I'll be looking more carefully at white cats crossing my path, for sure.

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    1. Especially if one is cackling or glowing! Thanks Cathy.

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    1. Thanks Donna! I'm still shivering a bit from your story though :)

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  7. All cats are scary to me! Love the white cat twist!

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    1. I think it's because they act like they are so smart all the time and look down their noses at you that you think maybe just maybe they now more about the universe than you. Or they are just planning to infiltrate your lap. Either way they are up to something!!

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  8. Ooh! I entered a twilight zone the first time I tried to comment! All the comments were teeny and followed by huge pictures of you, Lauri, and the blog wouldn't let me comment. So I went away and came back and everything was normal... Twilight zone, I tell you! ANYWAY, loved your entry! Such a fun twist! And I'm glad the white cat found his spooky niche! Thanks so much for joining the Halloweensie fun! :)

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    1. Oh great gobblygook! Even I would not want to be somewhere with giant Lauri heads floating around! I hope I wasn't attacked by blog pirates. I'll have to give them the old tick-tock.

      Thank you so much for hosting the Halloweensie fun!

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  9. Awesome job! What a fun entry. *high five*

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  10. Great little story and good rhyming--very hard to do! Enjoyed it, Lauri!

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    1. Thanks Cathy! But I must have Halloween jitters (or didn't have enough coffee yet) because when I was visiting your site and that little worm on a hook dropped on to the screen, I slapped it! I'm not even scared on worms, but I guess things falling out of the sky are a weakness :)

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  11. I absolutely adore the fifth stanza. "Black cats cackle, "What was that? Sounded like a laughing rat!" It's just delightful.

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    1. Thanks Heather! And you know the cats probably were creeped out by the yowl, but you know those bullies, they cover up all their fears by making fun of someone else. Big meanies!!

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  12. Good for white cat who used her 'weakness' as a strength.:) Great story, Lauri...lots of fun with great images!

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    1. Yes she does. We all have to learn to do that sometimes. Though I wonder if she can also shoot laser beams out of her green eyes? I might need another 100 words to cover that...

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  13. Cute story. I'm glad Violet showed those black cats she could scare the youngsters, too!

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    1. I think she could scare adults too, but it was hard to get the rhythm right for: "Was that a missile shooting through the air with a radioactive cat on it?"

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  14. Very fun! I loved the twist of using a white cat. I had one growing up, and they CAN be scary!! :)

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    1. Ooh Janet, I hope you didn't have a yowler!

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  15. That's cute! That cat in the pictures would scare me :-)
    Nice job!

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    1. Thanks, Penny! Isn't that yowling cat the best? Amazing what a great photographer can capture.

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  16. I was five all over again and running for home and my mother's arms!

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    1. You know she's probably not going to believe that you saw a ghost. "It was probably just a glow-in-the-dark kitten, dear." :)

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  17. I so admire your rhyming capabilities!!! Love that the white cat got to be scary on Halloween. Those black cats deserved a little fright. :)

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    1. Come to think of it, I should have had the cat scare the black cats not just some kids... but I guess that would have mean, and we wouldn't want our hero to be naughty :) The rhyme took many many tries - I hope I got it in the end!

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  18. Wonderful! I love that Violet glows purple on Halloween (and I'm sure she turned those black cats green with envy!)

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    1. Ooh, good one! Can I go back and work that pun in now??

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  19. Let's hear it for white cats. Yeah-great choice.

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    1. Thanks Joanna! Yay, white cats - even when they look like Mr. Biggelsworth.

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  20. You are right, White cats CAN Be spooky. :)

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    1. Totally! Especially because they have that eerie pink skin that peeks out under their white fur. *shivers*

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  21. Well, if white cats and black cats are spooky, then what would a white and black cat be considered? ;) Great story! :D

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    1. Oh, poor guy, he's just not spooky at all. If he's striped, he would be exotic I suppose. If he's black and white polka dot, then he's just cute. But black and white checkered? That might be spooky in a cheshire cat kind of way...

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  22. Loved this story -- and so glad that the white cat overcame the bullying black cats.

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    1. You've got to root for a little white cat who thinks he has a spooky yowl!

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  23. Definitely spooky! We have a neighborhood white cat that keeps trying to get in our house!

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    1. Okay, well that's spooky! Are you an exotic cheese collector? Or perhaps he noticed some mice sneak into your house now that the weather is cooling!

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  24. Lovely!
    In the spot where she had been, black cats are not even seen!

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    1. Yeah, you're right!! Those scaredy black cats just hide in the dark. You have to be tough to be seen and be spooky!

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  25. Great story, love the twist of Spooky White cat...why should black cats have all the fun.. :)

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    1. Agree, there's plenty of moon to meow at and plenty of kids ready to be scared. Sharing is Daring :)

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  26. I had two white cats growing up and I'm quite sure they would have thoroughly appreciated this story! Also, from one rhymer to another, it reads beautifully!

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    1. Thank you Michelle - that means a lot coming from you! All the cats I've read it too have sat politely through the whole thing :)

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  27. I think you're right, white cats can be scary, especially with those green eyes. As for laughing rats, almost as scary as spiders. Almost.
    Awesome, spooky tale, Lauri!!

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    1. You just gave me the most terrible thought. If you had super human hearing, would you be able to hear some sort of horrifying sound that spiders make? Ewww, I'm sure it's dreadful.

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  28. Laura, great idea about the white cat on Halloween--no one ever thinks about them! I loved the line, "Sounded like a laughing rat!" Clever!

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    1. Thanks Pam! There was a brief period where I considered having her turn the other cats into pumpkins with her magic eyes, but 100 words was just not enough. Oh, that and I didn't want her to be too cruel.:)

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    1. Poor wittle kitty witty with his little taily all said and wilted :( I'm so glad he got on the broomstick anyway and showed them his glow!

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  30. I love everything rhyme-y. This was cute. Thanks for sharing. I like it a lot.

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    1. Thanks Jackie for stopping by. I enjoyed meeting you on your blog and your piece was magnificent!

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  31. I love this Lauri! Mine has a sort of similar theme. Great twist ending!

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    1. Yes, Carrie - we both felt compelled to tackle cat bullying. Well, you know, October is Anti-Bullying month!

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  32. Spooky! Love it! We have a white cat and he can look and sound positively ghostly. The rhyme makes me jealous. (I want to rhyme so bad!)

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    1. Well, Robyn anyone can rhyme so bad! But rhyming well is like training to run a marathon. I must have said "that's probably good enough" 10 times before I finally fixed every line as best I could. I hope it turned out really good enough in the end.

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  33. Integrating the topic of bullying into a Halloween story is difficult. Good job, Lauri!

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  34. Nice job! I had first tried to write a poem for the Halloweensie contest, but it failed miserably. My ten-year-old loved how you showed that white cats can be scary too :)

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    1. Yes! Give your ten-year-old a high five, because he's my target audience, and it sounds like he pretty much rocks :)

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  35. haha! That's wonderful Lauri. :D

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  36. Great story in so few words AND the rhyme was wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Patricia! Your blessing on my rhyme means a lot!

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