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Cackle . . . the Spooky Black Cat October 28, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

On a dark gloomy night in a gloomy dark wood
A black cat rapped as he prowled his hood

“Don’t mess wit me . . . cuz I’m all that!”
“They call me Cackle . . . the Spooky Black Cat!”


Trolling the corner of Cauldron and Newt
Cackle bumped into a chick in a witch’s suit

Raising one finger to the wart on her nose
Winnie applauded with glee, as Cackle froze


Cackle hissed and growled, arching his back
Winnie laughed at his antics, “Enough of that!”

She waved her wand with a “Zim Zither Zee”
Cackle’s hackles melted, “You’re THE witch for me!”


Join Susanna Hill’s 3rd Annual Halloweensie Contest ~> No tricks.  Just treats.

Related post: Halloween Drives Me Batty * Halloweensie Contest 2013 Winners! (Cackle => “Most Original Format” . . . for his Rap!)


1. deanabo - October 28, 2013

I love this. Perfect Halloween poem.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Deana. Susanna’s contests are always FUN ~ especially at Halloween. 😯

2. shreejacob - October 28, 2013

Haha…fun poem…!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Shree. Care to play along? Susanna’s collecting submissions til midnight on Halloween.

shreejacob - October 28, 2013

Ah…would love to but I’m not too sure I have any ideas! Hehe. Thank you though! 🙂

Susanna Leonard Hill - October 28, 2013

You can do it! Come join the fun! 🙂

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Put on your witch’s hat . . . I mean, um, your thinking cap . . . and see if that sparks your imagination, Shree! 😛

3. suzicate - October 28, 2013

Winnie is adorable! Love your poem…looks like Winnie has things in control!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Suzi! She makes an appearance every fall at the street’s potluck. She’s a class act!

4. Susanna Leonard Hill - October 28, 2013

What a wickedly fun poem, Nancy! And I love the accompanying illustrations! Winnie is all that! 🙂 Thanks so much for entering and helping spread the word! 🙂

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

You’re welcome! Thanks again for hosting this annual event and gathering up such great prizes. I’m looking forward to reading all the entries.

5. Catherine Johnson - October 28, 2013

Fabulous, Nancy!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Catherine. I decided to write a prequel to last year’s submission ~ Halloween Drives Me Batty. Now I know how Cackle and Winifred got together in the first place.

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Fantastic fun with your entry, Catherine.

LOVE the last line ~ Hocus Pocus, I must focus!

6. Halloween Drives Me Batty | Spirit Lights The Way - October 28, 2013

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7. cherylsec - October 28, 2013

What a fun and Halloweenishly delightful poem! 🙂 It’s wonderful, Nancy.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Cheryl! I love participating in Susanna’s contests ~ they are always terrific FUN. Especially at Halloween. 😯

cherylsec - October 28, 2013

So true! 🙂

8. Beth Stilborn - October 28, 2013

This is fantastic! I, too, used Cackle as a name in my story (which will be posted on Wednesday) but I assure you it is very different, and was written before I read yours!

Yours is so cool — makes me cackle with glee!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Beth! Glad it gave you a cackle!

Great minds think alike, eh? Especially when Susanna points us in the right direction. :mrgreen:

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Love your story, Beth ~ Cackle the BRAVE cat!

9. julie rowan zoch - October 28, 2013

Love ‘Cackles hackles’!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Julie. Participating in Susanna’s challenges is such FUN. With only 100 words at our disposal, we must tighten and streamline, which often creates a few word play surprises. 😀

julie rowan zoch - October 28, 2013

I am so scared I haven’t even started writing yet!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

If your past efforts are any indication . . . you’ll blow Halloween out of the water with your tale of a black cat.

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Cackle-doodle doo
Your poem is so YOU!

10. kirsticall - October 28, 2013

This is a lot of fun!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Kirsti! Hope you’ll dive into the pool and share a Halloweensie story in the contest.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

You did! A cat with a hackling cackling cold. Perfect!

11. Heather Annie Dent - October 28, 2013

What fun! I especially loved the cat’s dialect, “Don’t mess wit me…cuz I’m all that!” I could hear the voice perfectly inside my head.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Heather Anne! I expect a rapping cat might sound just about like that! 😉

12. Stacy Couch - October 28, 2013

Fun poem! Can see Cackle “trolling the corner.” And love a persnickety cat!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Stacy! Cats are purr-fect strollers, trollers, heel-draggers, and patrolers!

Especially black cats that fade into the dark and gloomy. 😯

13. Spooky Black Cat Cackle | Colonialist's Blog - October 28, 2013

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nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Yay! Col played! 😀

14. Grannymar - October 28, 2013

Ha ha! You really caught the spooky spirit of Halloween.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, GM. I have a few more Halloween themed posts for this week ~ the spookiest/ creepiest story will air on the 30th.

Grannymar - October 28, 2013

I look forward to them.

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

So glad you decided to play along too!

15. laurimeyers - October 28, 2013

Love at first cackle! That cat can really bust a rhyme!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Lauri. Cackles is a rapping happening cat!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Very FUN story, Lauri! I’m glad that the white cat found her forte!

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nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Your dance party is FUN, FUN, FUN!

17. Donna L. Sadd - October 28, 2013

Fun poem! Love the first line. :0)

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Donna! I had to twist that line around a time or two before it landed in the right groove.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

CHOMP! Excellent twist to your tale too.

18. jannatwrites - October 28, 2013

Fun poem/story. Made me smile! Cackle is such a cool name for a cat…

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Janna. Cackle, Black Cat, and Spooky are the only words you need to use if you decide to play along.

{{hint hint}}

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Yay! You played!

19. Eric Tonningsen - October 28, 2013

Did Cackle think of pouring a bucket of water on Winnie? That’s what my dogs would have arranged. 🙂

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Dogs are far more protective. Cats tend to be self-centered beasties . . . that don’t like being around water.

One raindrop and their fur sizzles, “I’m melting!” :mrgreen:

20. Tom Merriman - October 28, 2013

Zim Zither Zee… great poem from thee!
Just up my street this, Nancy… just up the road from Cauldron and Newt! 😀

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

I’ve checked out the first dozen or so entries. Cackling with cackles. Are you planning to play along?

Tom Merriman - October 28, 2013

I’ll have to see… I’m a little short on time at the moment, and running out of time at the same time. How many times could I get ‘time’ in then?

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Well if you find the time to put in the time you might find that time is time well spent. :mrgreen:

The contest certainly fits in with your month-long theme.

21. Stacy S. Jensen - October 28, 2013

Love this … especially Cauldron and Newt! A lot of fun. I really like the decorations too.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Stacy. Halloween decorations can be bright and cheery or dark and frightful . . . or just delightful.

I enjoyed your entry ~ FUN story. As much as I love veggies, on Halloween I want CHOCOLATE! 😀

22. deborahholtwilliams - October 28, 2013

Who doesn’t love a rapping cat? 😉 Well done!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Deborah. I always enjoying Susanna’s contests ~ win, lose, or draw. 😀

23. colonialist - October 28, 2013

I love it.
(Why does it have to be me that spots these things?)
I thought you’d exceeded the speed limit, and in fact my word counter has it at 105. Prune it before they get looked at!

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Col. Your word counter must be counting words that don’t count ~ the poem proper has just 99 words.

colonialist - October 28, 2013

You are absolutely right, and I am flummoxed. In great concern, I did I phyisical count of mine, and they are spot on with the counter. Yours, however, comes out at 105 every time, even though it is not. Utterly illogical, and it bugs me that I can’t find any kind of explanation.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

I bet your word counter counted the “. . . ” as 3 words in both the 1st and 2nd lines ~ my word counter does that so I take them out, get the word count, and then add them back in.

colonialist - October 29, 2013

NOW you tell me! I came back triumphantly to tell you that after several trips across Death Valley and back, I had discovered that the Word Counter counts spaces rather than words – and you had the answer all along! *exits, muttering* 🙂

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks for your efforts on my behalf, Col! Counting up to 99 on my fingers and toes is a bit dicey. 😉

24. Cathy C. Hall - October 28, 2013

A rappin’ cat–how cool is that?! And Cackle’s hackles is perfect! 🙂

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Thanks, Cathy! Susanna has garnered a bumper crop of FUN entries for her Halloween contest this year. I need to swing around and read a few more.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Loved your take off on The Raven ~ you had me at Suzuki!

25. Pamela Courtney - October 28, 2013

Oh this cat is way cool, dudette! What a fun read! Glad I stopped by!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Pamela! Hope you enjoy all the FESTIVE entries that Susanna’s contest has garnered.

26. viviankirkfield - October 29, 2013

Love this so much, Nancy! Nice twist with the cat, who is oh so cool, choosing the witch.:) Susanna’s Halloweensie contest brings out the best in us.:)

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

I can hear Winnie cackling at Cackle as she says, “Enough of that!”

27. Three Well Beings - October 29, 2013

Fantastic, Nancy! What a delight. 🙂

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Debra. Are you tempted to play along? You can share the treats of your word tricks with your granddaughters. 💡

28. sufilight - October 29, 2013

The visuals of the witch raising one finger to the wart of her nose made me chuckle out loud. Enjoyed reading this! 😀

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Marie! Poor witches get a bad rap . . . even when adopting rapping cats!

29. Pix Under the Oaks - October 29, 2013

Festive Halloween fun!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Pix. We’re planning to head to St. Armand’s Circle for Fright Night on Thursday. It’s SPOOKY. 😯

30. Penny Parker Klostermann - October 29, 2013

Fun, fun, fun, Nancy. Cackle’s personality shone through perfectly. Very creative!!!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Penny. Cackle and Winnie = Purr-fect Together!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Och, the wee beasties, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls with glee will howl out: Hat, Cat, Bat.

31. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes - October 29, 2013

I’ve always said, everyone needs their very own witch. 😉 Love how that cat prowls his hood!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks so much, Michelle. Black cats love to prowl and growl.

32. clarbojahn - October 29, 2013

So glad you entered in! LOVE this! 🙂

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Clar! Susanna’s contests are the best. I’ve had a chance to enjoy the first 19 entries. Plan to head back around soon to read the rest.

33. Buffy Silverman - October 29, 2013

Loads of fun–this makes me want to go out to the corner of cauldron and newt and look for Cackle!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Yes! Who needs “Hollywood and Vine” when we can hang on the corner of “Cauldron and Newt”? 😉

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Love the sounds in your poem, especially:

They hear a cackle! A spooky shriek!
A dark door opens with a creak.

34. Joanna - October 29, 2013

Cackling here. Winnie is wonderful.

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it, Joanna. I do love writing rhymes for little ears. Especially at Halloween!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Fun poem . . . and loved your Zebra Header, Miss Marple. :mrgreen:

35. Margaret Greanias - October 29, 2013

Fun fun poem! I love this part: Raising one finger to the wart on her nose. So cute!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Margaret. I had great fun writing this rhyme time for Susanna’s contest.

36. Rachel Schieffelbein - October 29, 2013

This is so cute! Well done!

nrhatch - October 29, 2013

Thanks, Rachel! The Halloweensie Contest is always a BLAST!

37. catherineconstance - October 30, 2013

Love your poem.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it, Catherine! Thanks for stopping by. 😀

38. Andrea - October 30, 2013

I love this! It’s so much fun!

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Thanks! I’m glad you found it FUN . . . it was certainly FUN to write.

39. Laura Shovan - October 30, 2013

It sounds like true love. What great names you gave to the streets in this poem!

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Thanks, Laura. I enjoyed naming them . . . but don’t think I’d buy a house with either as the address. 😛

40. Perfecting Motherhood - October 30, 2013

Haha, perfect! Cackle is a great name for a witch’s cat.

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Isn’t it? I’m glad that Susanna included that in the words that had to be used. It seemed to fit to purr-fection.

41. Tokeloshe - October 30, 2013

Well done! Love your witch 😉

Happy Halloween.

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Thanks, Tok. She makes an appearance at the Halloween Potluck every year. And always makes me grin.

42. kateshrewsday - October 30, 2013

Lovely 🙂 Black cats have a special charm, don’t they?

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

I still hope Clive reappears one day. What a solid chap!

43. Pam Brunskill (@PamBrunskill) - October 30, 2013

Very cute!

nrhatch - October 30, 2013

Thanks, Pam!

44. Carrie Finison - October 30, 2013

Fun story! I love the idea of the rapping cat, and the ‘corner of Cauldron and Newt’ is great!

nrhatch - October 31, 2013

Thanks, Carrie! I’ve been delighted with the entries Susanna received. She’s going to have a tough time winnowing the pool down for the vote.

45. Jarm Del Boccio - October 31, 2013

Funny AND spooky. . .all in one!

nrhatch - October 31, 2013

Thanks, Jarm! Glad you enjoyed.

46. Patricia Weaver - November 2, 2013

this was great, love the action sounds that put so much motion in the poem

nrhatch - November 2, 2013

Thanks, Patricia. I’m not envious of Susanna’s job at this point . . . narrowing down the pool so we can vote on the finalists. She garnered a bumper crop of Halloweensie posts!

47. Meg Miller - November 2, 2013

Cute story! Cackle is a good name for a witch’s cat. 😀

nrhatch - November 2, 2013

Thanks, Meg! I bet that’s one reason Winnie adopted him!

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