amos the churchmouse: amos on perseverance

Gary Mitchell

amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: In response to a reader’s request, Amos asked we reprint a favorite column. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

amos on perseverance

boss i think i might have
mentioned this before
but life ain t easy
under a church pew

the heathen alley cats have
declared war on me they
climb up on the window ledge
outside the church and sneer
at me through the stained glass
windows it s unnerving boss
and sometimes makes
my little tail quiver

and not only that but the
church custodian is out to
get me i know he is boss i
keep dodging his mop but
one of these days he s gonna
get me and i ll be the first
real live waxed mouse
you ve ever seen

oh and then a few days ago
some kids spilled some
koolaid all over the
volleyball net and stuck it in
a crumpled pile right behind the
storeroom door so when i
dived under the door to get
away from marcellus the cat
i found myself tangled up
in the clutches of a koolaid
flavored mass of stringy net
so twisted and contorted
was i that my tail was
dangling in front of my