Animal Crackers

goat sToday, I thought we might have a bit of fun with clichés, similes and common expressions that have animals at their core.

Take a few of them and rework the words and their meanings into something new.

In other words (!) have a go at some

nonsense verse.

This doesn’t have to be for children, but you could give it a try.

But don’t be fooled into thinking writing for children is easy, especially for  bookworms with ants in their pants who will be watching you like a hawk.

horse 1sRaining cats and dogs? You’re dog tired? The cat’s got your tongue?

Who was as sick as a parrot after being badgered for acting as sly as a fox?

What about all those crocodile tears from someone as blind as a bat who has taken the lion’s share?

Yes, this is a dog eat dog world and I’ve let the cat out of the bag about the elephant in the room, so no wonder I’m looking sheepish.

grey squirrel sPlease don’t rat me out for being pig-headed, but I’ve nearly chickened out of carrying on here, although it might be a different kettle of fish if I don’t duck out of this soon.

You get the idea?

It is supposed to be fun, so off you go! But don’t get my goat or horse around too much. And I know I rabbit on, but there’s nothing like being able to squirrel away good ideas…

 *This is the 65th new creative writing prompt in a series which began in March 2020 as a Lockdown project for my creative writing groups. Every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm (Dublin time) I post an idea to kick-start new writing, such as short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction. Originally, I created 42 daily prompts and exercises, with a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It began here. Now, the prompts are weekly.