a view from under the pew: amos recalls graduation

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist

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