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6/16 amos

 


Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes.

basketball reflections

boss i was running

for my very life away

from marcellus the

heathen alley cat the

other day and tripped

over a deflated basketball

in the church closet

fortunately it was

lumpy enough for

me to hide under it

and marcellus rushed

right on by and around

the next corner

after i crawled out i

remembered where i had

seen that deflated ball

before — my dad with his

long tail and floppy tennis

shoes would air it up and

play basketball with me

my father first was a

little country field

mouse before he joined

the mousy army and

became a combat-

hardened soldier mouse

he fought in the battle

for the bulging cheese

in the cats-and-mice

world war ii

after the war he

became a mail mouse

and delivered messages

from mousehole to

mousehole in spite of wind

rain snow sleet or hail

no matter the dread of

night nor the threat of

an alley cat fight

but most of all boss

he was a godly mouse

a quiet leader in the

church pew underworld

a manly mouse with noble

character lofty virtues

and hardly any flaws —

and of course boss

being his son i have

always exemplified

those same qualities

myself — what s so

funny boss

at any rate it s soon to

be father s day so here s

a tribute to my dad

to dad — a family

creature for all seasons

the lion walks about

in my father s heart

stately and strong

he s master of his own

kingdom he roars — and is heard

through all its loving parts

worldly practical

gifted with common sense

wise in portions of god s

own holy wisdom the owl

guides us down the

straight and narrow fence

with monkey comedy he

trips over unseen

cracks stumps and open

doorways embarrassing mom

and ties our family bonds with

joy and banana dreams

a mouse among fathers

gentle with firmness —

but we admire him for

those kangaroo legs

which make him the best

basketball player

this side of the west

morning songbird he was

never meant to be

waking us with a tug and

splash of water — still he

has passed to us the tune

of love one never sees

amos

p s — boss there s just only one

thing to say at this point —

happy father s day to all

the happy fathers in the

church pew underworld

 

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