Written for Margo Roby, Poem Tryouts, “Comic Relief”
Comic strips are structured like poems. Each window is a stanza; they have a beginning a middle and an end; somewhere between the beginning and the end there is a turn towards the end.  More important, is that the good ones convey some truth about the world, or people, or life, in a very few words and images.

Where’s my other slipper, I wonder,
roaming through the house.
Ha! Ha! Ha! She will never find it, Murphy chuckles.
That’s what she gets for leaving us alone.

That silly dog. I bet my slipper is on the stairs.
I begin to climb.
Not going to find it there, Mom. Innocently,
I wag my tail.

Back down the stairs I go, and spot the missing
slipper hidden in the dog’s toy box.
Rats, I’ll have to think of another hiding place.

(Based on the Peanuts strip. Linus and Snoopy are
in the desert, and Snoopy is hiding.)

Poem Tryouts: Comic Relief

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Rats!

  1. This sounds like a true story. Sweet

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  2. margo roby says:

    Grin. I can see the whole strip in your head as you write.


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