petits fours by Erica


The Sparrow at the Store

I saw a sparrow at the grocery store.
I offered to show him the way to the door.
“Thanks,” he said, “but there’s one thing more.
Do you know where they keep the petits four?”




The Secret of the Cat

What’s the secret
Of the domesticated cat?
She understands you perfectly,
But doesn’t care to chat.

Goodness, I’ve been grumpy. I hope it’s just the weather and the gray skies. I thought I’d use this week’s post to try to improve my mood. I got out my Ogden Nash poems. They always do the trick. Then I decided to write some of my own silly animal poems. I’ve posted yesterday’s work above. I hope it brings a little warmth to your winter.


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(c) 2013 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

9 replies
  1. Linda at teacherdance
    Linda at teacherdance says:

    I see you did write about the sparrow (a la Laura’s 15 words), Liz. It’s such fun, love that you had the dialogue in it. And the other made me miss having a cat, quiet or not. Maybe soon? Hope they cheered you up too!

  2. Buffy Silverman
    Buffy Silverman says:

    Hope your animal poems chased away the grumps–they made me smile. (Your sparrow is much more talkative and selective than mine.)
    Thanks for the warmth–it’s 14 degrees and snowing/blowing here, so I appreciate it.

  3. Renee LaTulippe
    Renee LaTulippe says:

    Mission accomplished! And I hope they got you out of your grumpy funk, too. Now I get to carry the image of a sparrow waiting for the baker to wrap up her petit fours — delightful! (Good ol’ Ogden!)

  4. Bridget Magee
    Bridget Magee says:

    The perfect anecdote for the grumps is silliness and you hit it spot on with these poems. I’ve seen sparrows in our grocery store, but none ever stop to chat. 😉 Thanks for sharing.

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