A view from under the pew: the black door

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist

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

the black door

boss there s a story
circulating around here
in the church pew
underground about a
persian cat who headed
up a fierce army during
the turbulent alley wars
a few generations ago

percy the persian cat
general was widely
regarded as an animal
of intelligence and – for
a cat – compassion

during those wild alley
wars general percy had
joined forces with a sly
trap-door spider named
travis

the pair had contrived a
rather strange and unusual
custom in dealing with
captured enemy spies

after being sentenced to
death as a spy the enemy
soldier would be taken
to a small bare room

at the end of that room
was a huge monstrous-
looking black door guarded
by travis the trap-door spider

general percy would then
allow the condemned
soldier ant or rat to
make a choice

the prisoner could either
face death by a firing squad
of archers or pass through
the black door

no one really knew what
terrors lay behind the black
door boss it was an awesome
horrifying mystery

after one such occasion
the story goes boss
the general stood looking
at the lifeless body of the
condemned spy
then he turned to his
aide and said -
you see how it is with
most animals