Hungry Mouse

Something mysterious

Has happened in our fridge

Half-eaten food has been found

Drops of juice

Smears of yoghurt

And a pattern of crumbs scattered around


Corners of cheese not there

Juice from bites in a pear

Bottles of milk with no top

Tomatoes flattened in a mushy slop

Carrots gnawed

Ice pops thawed

Eggs with cracks

Marmalade tracks

Tearful cartons with nothing to hold

Empty jars left standing cold


Without a doubt something’s not right

Could a fridge invasion be happening at night?

Has a hungry mouse discovered our treats?

Or are ten thousand ants leaving this trail of grease?

I must set up a trap

Discover the truth

Find a place to watch

Be a super sleuth


When all of a sudden

A little girl stands there

Lips dripping with milk

Tomato slops in her hair

Fingers drenched in yoghurt

Pockets full of cheese

Sticky hands on her tummy

Marmalade dripping from her knees


The hungry mouse

Finishes her final snack

With Mum on the menu

They’ll be no holding back

A meal of excuses

Must never be heard

Or she’ll end up in a milkshake

Being shaken and stirred


Looking really worried

She wipes her lip

Please don’t be cross with me

I’m feeling so sick

If it’s alright with you

I’ll go and lie down

But I’m pleased to announce

We have the best fridge in town

Background: My 6 year old keeps invading my fridge!!! We keep finding empty packets and food missing!! She's great for ideas for poems!

So thrilled Neal Zetter liked and retweeted my poem on Twitter!! Plus likes and comments from the MS Society UK and Brian Moses!

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