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The Ratz Family

IN THE April 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
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by Patti Yeager

In honor of World Rat Day we thought it would be fun to publish this rat poem by Seattle writer Patti Yeager. The art work is hers as well.

There was a family of rats
How quaint their name and fitting
Mama Ratz

rat

Rat Papa


Papa Ratz
and
the twins
Russell and Rebecca Ratz.

They lived in the small berg of Rodentville
Not huge but not so small that they felt trapped
They loved the freedom of the fields
the comfort of the barn

rat art

Rat Mama


though always careful of predators
especially the mean old Mr. Katz
His always growing family… Poor Mrs Katz
Rarely seen between litters..

Mr. Katz better known by his street name “Killer”
Always seemed to have a bone to pick…
Perhaps some inborn hatred for the genus Rattus
As definitely did not prefer “Canis lupus familiars”
Seemingly higher up on the farm’s chain of command.

rat art

Rat Baby

Personally Mr. Katz was a bit fearful of dogs
Especially large ones with sharp fangs and nasty tempers
Thinks they should be banned along with cats and mouse traps
But as wise old Mr. Katz always says.. “It is what it is.”
Which of course is answered with a swift.. “Oh for Rat’s sake!” from

rat art

Rat Sister


Mrs. Katz and echoed by the children
What is the reason or moral of this story?
How should I know!
I’m only human

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen CostaNo Gravatar April 2, 2016 at 3:07pm

What a delightful poem and illustrations!

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2 Irene HamiltonNo Gravatar April 4, 2016 at 8:24am

To start with – the art work is wild!…in a good way. Never dreamed facing a family of rats first thing in the morning would be a pure delight…. Patti proved me wrong! And her artwork is dead on! Including rat twins is genius.

I am blown away by ….… Poor Mrs Katz
Rarely seen between litters..

Good grief, I do believe this is my favorite verse: “Mr. Katz better known by his street name “Killer”…Always seemed to have a bone to pick…

Priceless closing: “But as wise old Mr. Katz always says.. “It is what it is.”

Which of course is answered with a swift.. “Oh for Rat’s sake!”

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3 LoriNo Gravatar April 7, 2016 at 12:32pm

Very cute! Hey! I bet you would LOVE my favorite children’s book, Hurry Up, Slowpoke, about a family of a mama rat and brother and sister rats who go out for a day to grandma’s house.

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