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5/20 amos


Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.

amos recalls graduation

boss just seeing all the

young hamsters and little

mice dressed in their

multicolored cheesecloth

caps and gowns brought

back memories from many

days and gray hairs gone by

back in sixty-six it was

and there was a song

called quotes here boss -

giddy-up giddy-up

four-o-nine - end quotes

roaring up the top-forty

mouse music charts

i remember two friends -

steve a streetwise auto

mechanic mouse and curt

a cowboy countrified field

mouse - and i decided to

stay up all night after our

graduation at bugtussle high

we made a pledge not to get

snookered into sipping any

high-powered sewer water

but we still had fun driving

the main drag from the

refrigerator to the kitchen

garbage can in my

shiny 57 cheeserolet

well there we were at

midnight in the bugtussle

diner listening to

four-o-nine for the

twenty-second time and

curt was dying because he

had heard his favorite song -

i walk the line - by johnny

bash the bug in black only

twice the whole night long

and the rest of the diner s

customers were about to

drag us out by our tails

running out of things to do

curt had a brainstorm -

to head north for a dip

in big bug lake we grabbed

our multicolored baggy

cheesecloth swim suits

and started for the lake

when we got there it was

about two or three in the

morning but we didn t

care boss

we jumped in the lake

and splashed and swam

and swam and splashed

until we disturbed a

monstrous mudcat lying

on the lake bottom

we didn t know anything

until he swished by steve s

dangling tail - then he turned

and with gaping mouth tried

to gulp down curt and his

new cowboy hat - curt always

wore his cowboy hat

let s get outta here boys

curt yelled but steve and i

were already scrambling up

the rocky shoreline

when the excitement died down

and we stopped shivering and

shaking from the fright of

our near-death plight

we pitched our terry cloth

tents and promptly went to

sleep - having forgotten all

about our promise to stay

awake all night

two hours later the sun

struck us full in the face

and in our sleepy-eyed

stupor we stared at the

beauty of a yellow-blue-

orangy sunrise shining

all over the place

it was great boss

and then it hit us

that sunrise - that

beginning of a brand

new day on the plains -

was like god s sign and

promise to us -

that graduation wasn t

an ending but a brand new

beginning -

the promise of a life

filled with beauty hope

and joy in jesus



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