Looking in the Pantry

Because we were staying away from people and places where people congregated, Sparky and I were eating out of the “emergency stores” and not replacing items. Well, I went to the basement to find a couple cans of soup and some rice and beans. It was a shock and surprise to find a hole in the rice bag. Not only was there a hole but the contents had spilled onto the shelf and the floor. At first I thought I had caught the bag on a sharp edge. But no, there was additional evidence of a mouse… As some of you may know, I work with mice. I like them. They are valuable partners in the search for cures to many of this worlds ills. That said, I cannot abide a mouse running amok in my house. I thought that caulking the crack around the dryer vent and some strategically placed traps had solved the problem of rodent interlopers. I was mistaken. So all out war was declared. I can say with confidence that the whole field mouse family has been eradicated. It took a couple days but I eliminated the whole lot of them.

For NPM Super Poetry Challenge #8 Use the following words in a poem – mice, rice, nice. I decided to write a limerick. I suppose I felt a little guilty about the mice and thought I should suffer a little (because I truly dislike writing limericks).

I went to the pantry for rice
What I saw wasnโ€™t at all very nice
The bag was chewed through
The grains scattered like dew
It was obvious I was infested with mice!

42 thoughts on “Looking in the Pantry

    1. Hehe! Carrie I am happy that you have no mice. But no rice would make everyone in this house so sad that the tears would flow endlessly! And that would not be nice… I’m guessing that the comment was your poetical offering for this prompt? Yes?

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  1. i have not read a limerick in a long while – this was so Ogden Nash like and tickled me no end! I do not like mice in the pantry too!

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    1. Thanks Gina! I admire Ogden Nash and have never been compared before!! I have to confess that limericks are among my least favorite poetry forms to write. It is kind of like math – I can do it and do it well but I don’t enjoy the process at all. That makes it all the funnier when my husband reads and laughs too. (he sees the effort and the result and chides me for spending so much energy and tears for 5 lines). At least I know it was worth it!

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      1. I totally get the math part, I love physics but hate the numbers part yet I do it well, so ironic! And you aced this one, it is all about rhythm and you have lots of that in your writing style. again, so well done!!

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    1. I would love to have a cat but Sparky is deathly allergic… I kid that if I become a widow I’d get a cat or 2 but it is just talk since son#2 is also allergic as are several other relatives.

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      1. I am friends with a lady in our neighborhood who chose her 17 cats over her husband. Her husband owns the nursery we visit for our plants. She is very entertaining.

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  2. Sorry limericks aren’t your favorite because I love them. They may be “low brow poetry” to poetry purists, but anything that makes one grin is okay in my book. Limericks are to poetry as Rachmaninoff is to concert music, accessible to the unwashed masses. I didn’t realize they were difficult to compose as ANY poetry is impossible for me.

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    1. I enjoy reading them too! It is just the production that is painful. It is sort of like a poetical constipation… Anyway I managed to get this one out and am feeling much relieved! But (and I can’t stress this enough) everyone can write poetry! You just have to believe you can. It might not be Pulitzer prize winning quality but it is still poetry!

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  3. Mice in the pantry would freak me out, but I’ve never found one. My cat is an excellent mouser, he used to leave us a “present” on the doormat a few times a week. Your limerick was well-crafted, Muri. They’re tricky because the syllables can vary–it’s more about the overall rhythm. I’ve been laboring over Prompt #2 all day and when you said “limerick” the light went on. Ah-ha! Hopefully, I’ll be posting shortly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Cats are effective too. Growing up we always had cats – some were better mousers than others. I can’t wait to see what popped into your head and what ends up on the page!

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  4. Iโ€™m with Judy and Joan. Nothing wrong with a good limerick. It made me think how fun would this be for a childrens picture book!

    A couple of years ago I had issues with rats in the ceiling. They didnโ€™t eat rice, but chewed threw electrical wires. Cost me a small fortune.

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    1. I think this would be fun to illustrate! I’ve never had rats in the house. However I have had a frightening experience in college when visiting a friend’s home. The rat was sitting on my bath towel and wouldn’t go away – I was in the shower and without clothes couldn’t call for help. Took a few minutes but it finally decided to move away. I’ve never gotten dressed so fast!

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    1. Sounds like you too are victorious! The bird seed is stored in a galvanized can with a good lid – they haven’t gotten to that. I’m considering making use of some of our glass storage containers in the basement…

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    1. I grew up in a rural area with a huge corn/wheat/soy bean field (depending on the rotation) behind the house. The mice had plenty to eat outside but always managed to come indoors in the winter. We always also had cats that for the most part kept them in check.

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  5. Mice, nice rice.
    See how it spills.
    Mice, nice rice,
    Oh what a thrill!
    The cook got a cleaver
    and set a trap.
    The rice thieves nibbled
    and then squeaked “Oh, crap!”,
    The last one was butchered
    and that was that.
    Mice, nice rice.

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  6. I absolutely love this poem! I think mice are adorable, but they must stay in their place!
    I found a poem that I wrote 6 years ago on WP, but I’d not posted it…. it was still a draft.
    Then I remembered that April is National Poem Month, and YOU were the one who got
    me into that! Thank you, for that! I won’t be able to post daily, but I will post more this month.
    Where do I go for prompts? Here?

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