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Adventures with Tumblemouse
by Jenna Fernandez
05/02/12
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Faster than a tumbleweed—
Moving fast (at lightening speed?!)…

It’s Tumblemouse!!!

Bold and courageous,
Tumble dashes ‘cross the floor
For it is advantageous
To have food—and more, and more!

But shortly through his journey
Silence—shattered by a scream!!!
And the dishes all go flying…
Tumble wonders what it means???

He sees a pair of feet
Run and jump upon a couch
And a piercing shriek rings out:
“Help! A mouse is in the house!”

And in the woman’s panic,
In her time of fear
Her terror rises,
Sending Tumble tumbling through the air!

Spinning high and flying
Like a tiny, speeding rocket
Tumble makes a bumpy landing
In the husband’s jacket pocket…

Later, at a meeting
Tumble smells some muffin crumbs
And sneaks out of the pocket
To the table, where he runs

Through a blur of colored papers,
Tumble’s muffin is in sight
But the poor, sweet, hungry mouse
Puts each business man to flight

Men in ties upon the table
Spilling coffee, pushing chairs
With another frightening tremor
Tumble’s tumbling through the air!

The anxiety then settles,
Men resume their daily tasks
But where’s the little mouse at?
No one questions, no one asks…

Later, in a taxi
On a smooth and quiet ride
Hector opens up his briefcase
And finds Tumblemouse inside

Little droppings on his paper
Little footprints everywhere
Hector cries in aggravation
And starts pulling out his hair

While the taxi driver wonders
Why poor Hector’s in despair
Tumble steps on the gas pedal
And the taxi disappears

Through the highways and the byways
Flies the taxi in the night
And the taxi driver panics
When he speeds through each red light

Crashing through a grocery storefront
To a hydrant in the rear
Water sends our mouse-friend tumbling
Now, we all are wondering…WHERE?!

The next morning, class is starting
At the element’ry school
And Billy finds the mouse
Thinking wouldn’t it be cool…

To see teacher on the desktop
And the little girls in tears
And all the boys in awe
Of how Billy struck up fear

But Billy’s disappointed
When his plan does not come through
And girls and boys and teacher
All think Tumblemouse is cute!

In his newfound cage
Tumble listens to a lesson—
Teacher says when we do wrong
We must also start confessing

So when the kids go home,
Tumble sneaks out with a plan
To go back to the place
Where his adventure first began

There, he grabs some cookie crumbs
As quick as he is able
And he writes the humble message
Of “I’m sorry” on the table

Then to the meeting room
Where he saw the Dance of Fear,
Tumble writes another message
And he quickly disappears

Next to Hector and the grocer
And the driver of the taxi
Tumble spells his “sorry” message
How he did it, don’t you ask me!

Then, returning to the school,
Tumble sadly finds his home
Has been taken by a Hedgehog
Who the children brought to own

(The children thought—with Tumble gone
They needed a new pet.
If only they had waited
Tumblemouse would have been set!)

But poor Tumble now is homeless
On a cold a blustery day
Afraid to go inside
And make more people run away…

So he finds a little corner
In the city on the street
And his tummy starts to grumble,
For he never got to eat!

Lonely, poor and tired
Tumble starts to cry
And he lays his little head down
As rain falls from the sky

Soon a lady with some children
Comes walking slowly by
And sees the cold, wet Tumble
From the corner of her eye

She scoops the little mouse up
And walks him to the door
Of the warm and dry church building
Where she sets him on the floor

“Now, mousie, I’ve a job for you—
A special little task
I saw you out there shivering
So I thought that I might ask

“If you’d help me clean by eating
All the crumbs up off the floor
Then you won’t have to hear
Your tummy grumbling anymore!”

So Tumble set about his job
With joy (he ate it all!)
And he later found a family
Of church mice inside the wall

In the morning when the pastor
Spoke unto the congregation
The mouse heard of our God who cares
For all of His creation

He cares about the sparrow
Who falls to the ground and dies
He numbers hairs on people’s heads
And names stars in the sky

He clothes the lilies of the field
And gives the birds a nest
He leads and feeds His little sheep
And even gives them rest

So Tumble then concluded
That God is great and nice
And even cares for the adventures
Of little Tumblemice!








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