The Wood Burning Stove Flue

There was a scraping, scuffling, scratching sound
behind the plastic cover of the wood burning stove flue.
Barely audible, but there was something there.
When you turned down the TV and
just listened you could hear the sound
of something, not sure what.
Was it …….
a moongazing hare with a most frightful stare
a winsome old goat afloat in a boat
a goose, a gander, a bow legged panda
a sharp tusked boar, oh how it could snore
a grizzled lion with a thorn in its paw
I heard a rumour it was a puma
an ostrich being held hostage
by a very tall cheetah, so glad to meetcha
a dog in the fog, out for a jog
a giraffe in the bath having a laugh
a barely awake snake, eating cake
a dophin, half out half in

but when we finally opened the flue
we found a small black bat
wings out spread
black as soot
unfortunately dead.


Would love to hear your thoughts on what could’ve been behind the plastic cover of the wood burning stove flue! Add a creature to the list of animals that might have been scuffling and scraping.


About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to or
This entry was posted in Poetry, The Henry Brothers and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

We'd love to hear your views on this post. Please leave a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s