Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – Cats at Play and My Mouse by Sally Cronin

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some syllabic poetry and 99 word flash fiction from my collection Life’s Rich Tapestry…woven in words

Cats at Play and My Mouse


Cats at play.
play games
with their prey
when pounced upon.
Do we understand
why they try to delay
that final moment of death?
Could it be that they feel remorse
at the taking of this mouse’s life?
Or is it in their nature to be cruel?

My Mouse

I am extremely attached to my mouse, small and demanding at times, but I need a muse that is easy to maintain, and doesn’t demand three walks a day and half my dinner. It sits quietly by my side, observing my every move, and eager to be handled at every opportunity. I have owned several mice in my lifetime, but this one has a special place in my heart, as it has supported me thorough my latest book and editing process. But it is showing signs of burn out. Perhaps it will perk up if I change its battery.

©Sally Cronin 2022

One of the reviews for Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words

Jane Sturgeon

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 April 2020

Sally Cronin is a natural storyteller and this book is a wonderful collection of verse, micro fiction and short stories. Her breadth of life experience and wisdom show in her words and the writing style draws the reader in.

Sally’s verses cover everything from life, past times, emotions, our furry companions and nature. ‘Romance’ had me scrolling back to re-read her words and ‘Rejection’ & ‘Betrayal’ struck heart chords long buried. I found enchantment and magic in her fairy verse and in the shapes of the words and poems on the page.

Her micro fiction ‘Broken’ raised a smile and ‘Musical Interlude’ moved me to tears. A potion from The Witch’s Handbook will have you laughing and many of us will find ourselves in that one!

None who read this book will forget Jimmy or the Elephants, yet my favourite story is ‘Great Aunt Georgina’. There is so much packed into this short story and it is one that will stay with you.

In reading this collection, I feel you will want to meet Sally and sit at her kitchen table, hearing her stories and feeling her warm wisdom. I hold hope that she will share with us again in this way, as it is a loving showcase for her gifts.

Thank you for listening and if you would like to know more about my books and their reviews you can find them on my books page Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


37 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – Cats at Play and My Mouse by Sally Cronin

  1. Oh, I loved the piece about the mouse.
    I was going to say mine is a cat! Well she is as good as a mouse.
    As to my computer mouse? that I opten forget to switch on when using my laptop.

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  2. I don’t know if cats have any concept of the suffering they’re causing, but they genuinely enjoy the catch-release-catch cycle that is so distressing to watch. I suspect it’s in their DNA like not being able to resist a trailing string! xx

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