amos the churchmouse: the attack of the birds

Gary Mitchell

amos the churchmouse:
a view from under the pew

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

the attack of the birds

boss there have been
some strange air currents
passing through the church
pew underworld these days

in alfred hitchcock-style
the birds have landed and
they re causing more
ruckus than an octopus
on a merry-go-round

first came the parrots
who repeat what others
say – have you heard
what so-and-so said –
they re the ones who
always cry – they say
they say – and boss
their gossipy ways may
completely undermine
the church pew family

then came fauntleroy the
fan-tailed pigeon who
strutted all through the
underworld flashing his
pinfeathers and wanting
to be the focus of
attention but boss all
he managed to do was
cause confusion disgust
and jealousy

but fauntleroy was
nothing compared to
horace the hawk whose
sharp eyes never missed
a fault committed by
pastor leroy beetle the
songbird choir and any
church pew member
horace always preys on
the helpless and he
usually sat by himself
in the corner pew

then the jay birds came
in a bunch fussing
chattering screeching to
high heaven and making
a hell on earth

after them came
the bats the old
hypocrites in the bird
family – the bat looks
like a bird from one
angle and a rodent from
another