Dracupuss and Frankenmouse

I'm so proud that my #Halloween poem, Halloween Date From Hell is going to published as a picture book by #VentorrosPress in 2022. It will be illustrated by the brilliant #ChrisWhite.


However, after a request from #BrianMoses for new Halloween poems for his latest brilliant blog, I decided it was time to come up with a fresh, new poem for #Halloween2021


#Dracupuss has lived long in my head as a character but I could never found a place for her. But at last I found a poem for Dracupuss (a.k.a Miss Fluffykins) to live in forever.


Dracupuss


Dracupuss & Frankenmouse


All year, she is Miss Fluffykins

A cat about the house

All year, he is their Munchkin Nose

A timid, squeaking mouse


But once a year on Halloween

as lightning strikes and storms

Miss Fluffykins and Munchkin Nose

beneath the moon, transform


For one night she is Dracupuss

and he is Frankenmouse

On tip-toe, razor claws they creep

and sneak outside the house


The fangs of Dracupuss, like scythes

shine sharp beneath the stars

The face and fur of Frankenmouse

all cut and slashed with scars


As zombie boys and ghoulish girls

with armless, harmless gore

demand their cookies, candies, sweets

at each and open door …


Unseen, the duo scurry in

between the children’s feet

for cat and mouse must slink inside

so they can Trick or Treat


They Trick or Treat the guinea pigs

The hamsters, budgies, dogs

They Trick or Treat the fish in bowls

The geckos, snakes and frogs


The pets afraid, they always Treat

Give everything they’ve got

And Dracupuss and Frankenmouse

They bag the blooming lot


November first, as dawn yawns wide

and nightmares all subside

Miss Fluffykins and Munchkin Nose

awake, confused, red-eyed


They wonder why surrounding them

are crickets, worms and bones

and branches, perches, hamster wheels

They shake their heads and groan


From bowl and kennel both appear

“How did these end up here?”

“I just don’t know Miss Fluffykins,

it happens every year!”


Mark Bird

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