Friday, July 1, 2016

Callie's Sunny Day

This is a children's story poem that I wrote based on memories I have of kittens we had as pets when I was a little girl. It was also inspired by the beautiful, sunny weather we have been enjoying the past few days. Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone!


Callie's Sunny Day

Nosing through the grass
with kitten whiskers tinged in dew,
Callie the calico stepped lightly
where the dandelions grew.

The fluffy, white seeds tickled her nose
causing her to blink and sneeze.
The seeds floated away in the air
drifting on a warm, summer's breeze.

Callie saw Missus in the garden
picking lima pods into her basket of beans.
Callie purred and climbed into the basket.
Missus carried her along to pick some salad greens.

A beetle crawling through the dirt
caught Callie's curious eye.
She wiggled her backside ready to pounce,
until she saw a butterfly!

Callie jumped out of the basket
in excited pursuit of the butterfly.
It fluttered higher just out of her reach
and away and above into the summer sky.

The sun was warm on Callie's fur.
She settled beneath the pea vines for a nap.
There she purred and slept peacefully...
until her brother George, a ginger cat, tumbled into her lap.

She chased George a short way up a tree trunk
and then she bounded away.
She had too little time and too much to do
to be bothered with George on this sunny, summer's day.

A bird chirped at Callie
scolding her from high up in a tree.
Mighty Callie switched her tail and chattered,
"I see you bird. You better watch out for ME!"

Callie spent the day as kittens do:
chasing leaves and dodging little people feet.
She listened to the buzz of a bumblebee
and snuggled up to Mama Cat, warm and sweet.

She daintily stepped around a puddle.
She hid behind the tall grass--ready to stalk
a wee green and brown grasshopper
who was out for his daily walk.

The grasshopper got away,
but Callie didn't seem to mind.
For a calico kitten on a sunny, summer's day,
there is always another adventure to find.

27 comments:

  1. I love this so much and I bet some children would enjoy this too. It reminds me of my Calico when I was small. Thank you for this sweet poem. I love your poetry so much. Hope you have a nice weekend as well.

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  2. Oh, this is so sweet! Now I want to be a kitten!

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  3. That is such a sweet poem! Kittens are the sweetest little critters, and you've got some sweet memories of yours. Ours never got to play in the yard, but I remember when they could both fit in my hubby's slipper at the same time. Talk about cute!

    Have a super 4th!

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  4. very sweet. You could stretch into a children's book. I could just picture the poem and illustrations. Get right on that! Enjoy your summer weather and 4th weekend

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  5. Awe Connie, this was so sweet, exactly how a little kitten would react outdoors on a summer day... I love that part about the butterfly... not too many people can catch one easily xox

    Happy, happy fourth of July, enjoy the celebrations, we had our Canada day yesterday, it was a great day xox

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  6. I love the childlike, playful tone.
    Have a great holiday weekend, Connie.

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  7. A delightful poem that needs to be illustrated in a children's book!

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  8. What a perfect story poem. I absolutely loved it.

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  9. Oh wow! What wonderful writing talent you have! I agree with Sage, this needs to have illustrations and printed as a book for children!

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  10. this is so kitten like. I can see Callie. Great poem Connie. Have an amazing day out there. Oh and Happy 4th of July.

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  11. I can just picture all Callie's antics! Can't wait to read this to Kaedyn. She has a cat named KiKi.

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  12. This is so cute! I could see my mama feral cat baby (she has only one left out of six) that is either a little torti or calico. The poem just fits her so well. I could see it all.

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  13. Enjoyed reading your poem...

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  14. What a wonderful mind image this poem created for me, Connie. I could see Callie exploring everywhere. Hope your 4th was a wonderful day.

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  15. Hi Connie, This is one of my favorites! Loving cats like I do, I can just see this poem play out like a video in my mind. You know, I've never owned a Calico cat! lol

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  16. Sweet! Have a great weekend, Connie!

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  17. What a sweet, sweet story! Thank you!

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  18. Connie, do you illustrate your poems and compile them into children's books? This is absolutely delightful.

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  19. I was thinking this would be a perfect poem for a children's treasury of poems. I see I'm not the only one who had that thought!

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  20. This really warmed my heart...you are so amazing at writing!

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  21. Thanks, everyone, for all your kind comments. You all know how to make a person's day. :) I've never had much artistic talent when it comes to illustrations, but maybe I should look into that.

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  22. What a sweet poem that really captures what a kitten does! I can just see these actions when reading it. Well written!

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  23. Just very sweet Connie! Love it

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  24. Happy Sunday, Connie.

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  25. I lived the day as this kitten. Too cute... Hugs, LJ

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  26. What a sweet story, Connie. You've done an awesome job with this story. Enjoyed it very much.

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  27. Thanks all for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It was fun to write.

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