For Want of a Paper Plate

We had the talk again this year:

[pirate, firefighter, robots, bats]

While opening our box of Halloween gear:

[candles, spiders, three witches hats]

I seized up one black and pointed hat

laughed a loud cackle, and said that is that!

A witch is what I will be

so Cody said and me and me!

(since he is a he – a warlock/wizard he shall be)

To Carter we looked, he let out a roar

a great big tiger roar-roar-roar

and then some more and more and more

roar, Roar, ROAR!!

Ok, I thought this shan’t be hard

we have a hat we need a cape

a wizard wand will seal his fate

Some spiders hanging off his clothes

some stars some moons, something that glows

Now for the tiger – I grasped at straws

orange clothes, black tape, some tiger paws?

(I felt with my lack of craftiness there were sure to be some serious flaws)

While thrifting we found a small tiger suit, it even had a tail!

Carter said no face paint, but a mask will surely not fail

Orange paint, black pipe cleaners, elastic string

I was weeks ahead, I wanted to sing!

But wait, but wait, but wait, but wait…

We do not have a paper plate?!?

Tiger Mask

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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16 Responses to For Want of a Paper Plate

  1. Jodi says:

    You are channeling your inner Dr. Seuss!!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of you all, all dressed up for Halloween.

  2. Hetterbell says:

    Great poem! I can feel Hallowe’en coming! 🙂

  3. Nice limerick.Enjoy the holiday & costumes.

  4. Home Seasons says:

    Can’t wait for Halloween!

  5. muddledmom says:

    And you said you aren’t crafty.

    • shoes says:

      The craft of word play is rather moot, when one is in need of a tiger suit. 😉

      The picture of the tiger mask is what I want to make. I have everything but the paper plates so back to the store.

  6. Ha ha, that’s awesome! Amazing rhyming! Some craft with paper and scissors, some craft with words! ;o)

    • shoes says:

      Thank you, it was pretty fun to write! And I must clarify, the picture of the tiger mask, which has a link attached to it, is from a website and is what I am planning on making for Carter. I can not even dream that mine will turn out that nice. But the imperfections of my homemade Halloween costumes make them that much more special – or at least that is what I tell myself!

  7. To turn a paper plate mask into a rhyme! Wow. Now that’s what I call a gift. We await to see the other creative creations for Halloween. xx Sharon

    • shoes says:

      Ah, thank you. I tend to have no idea what I will write about until it pops into my head. For some reason the fact that I had spent time and energy collecting everything I needed for this little art project only to find out that I had no paper plates sounded much better in rhyme. 🙂

  8. Nancy says:

    Fantastic post! I love the poetry of it!

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