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a view from under the pew: amos recalls graduation


amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by throwing himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

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 a lot of 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


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